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Excerpt from Rural Bird Life: Being Essays on Ornithology, With Instructions for Preserving Objects Relating to That Science
I have now for years been engaged in a study of Ornithology; and from my numerous notes, principally on the economy of our commoner inland birds, I conceived the idea that from them might be compiled a little volume that might doubtless prove of interest to those persons who have a love for rural pursuits and the study of nature. There are also I believe a few fresh facts on the economy of birds noted, which I respectfully submit to working ornithologists, as well as several moot questions, relating to the natural history of birds, discussed, and opinions, gained by experience, promulgated.
Had I spent more of my time amongst books instead of amongst bogs, I have no doubt but what this little volume would have found more favour amongst a certain class of naturalists, no matter how questionable or erroneous the matter it contained. But such was never my intention.
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