The fairies have their tiffs with the birds
, but they usually give a civil answer to a civil question, and he was quite angry when these two ran away the moment they saw him.
Peter's heart was so glad that he felt he must sing all day long, just as the birds
sing for joy, but, being partly human, he needed in instrument, so he made a pipe of reeds, and he used to sit by the shore of the island of an evening, practising the sough of the wind and the ripple of the water, and catching handfuls of the shine of the moon, and he put them all in his pipe and played them so beautifully that even the birds
were deceived, and they would say to each other, "Was that a fish leaping in the water or was it Peter playing leaping fish on his pipe?" and sometimes he played the birth of birds
, and then the mothers would turn round in their nests to see whether they had laid an egg.
It was not really a piece of paper; it was the Never bird
, making desperate efforts to reach Peter on the nest.
I will mention only two other birds
, which are very common, and render themselves prominent from their habits.
The princess carried the cage straight into the garden, and, as soon as the bird
began to sing, nightingales, larks, thrushes, finches, and all sorts of other birds
mingled their voices in chorus.
Then the magician brewed a powerful potion out of nine sorts of herbs which he had gathered himself all alone by moonlight, and he gave the youth nine spoonfuls of it daily for three days, which made him able to understand the language of birds
After crossing a rather large prairie, we arrived at the skirts of a little wood that was enlivened by the songs and flight of a large number of birds
So it is with the nests of birds
, which vary partly in dependence on the situations chosen, and on the nature and temperature of the country inhabited, but often from causes wholly unknown to us: Audubon has given several remarkable cases of differences in nests of the same species in the northern and southern United States.
From every part of the eastern counties reports were received concerning the enormous immigration of birds
. Experts were sending--on their own account, on behalf of learned societies, and through local and imperial governing bodies--reports dealing with the matter, and suggesting remedies.
twittered more and more loudly and busily in the thicket.
The houses and the signs of life apparent in the village drove the alarmed birds
from the direct line of their flight, toward the mountains, along the sides and near the bases of which they were glancing in dense masses, equally wonderful by the rapidity of their motion and their incredible numbers.
Of this bird
, Sophia, then about thirteen years old, was so extremely fond, that her chief business was to feed and tend it, and her chief pleasure to play with it.