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Curious Habit of the Spotted Flycatcher

Nature volume 52, page 269 | Download Citation

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I HAVE been watching, at intervals during the last week, a pair of Spotted Flycatchers feeding their young in a nest on a ledge of the wall of this house. The nest is embowered by a very free blossoming white rose. I noticed to my surprise the parent birds again and again, after taking food to their offspring, plucking off the petals of the rose near the nest, and transporting them to an acacia tree about ten yards distant, where they let the petals drop upon the ground. The rose blossoms are now quite cleared away from the neighbourhood of the nest, and the lawn beneath the acacia thickly strewn with them.

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  1. Sellack Vicarage, Ross, Herefordshire, July 11.

    • W. CLEMENT LEY

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