School: Glenalla (roll number 10744)

Location:
Glenalla, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Maude McCormack

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Bird-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1086, Page 53

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30th May
These are the most common birds which are in the district, the robin, the thrush, the blackbird, the wren, the swallow, the sparrow, the cuckoo, the corncrake, the tom tit, the yellow yeldring, the lark, the crow, the seagull, the wild duck, the moor hen, the grouce, blue tit, felt, gold flinch, mavish, Big Andy, (Heron), the swan, the red shank. The most of these stay here except the cuckoo the corncrake and the swallow and they emigrate the other hotter countries when the Summer is past. The robin builds her nest in a fence, the thrush builds her nest in a bush. The blackbird builds her nest in a tree also.

The wren and the swallow build their nests in the eaves of a house. The sparrow builds her nest in the rivers and in a low bush. The cuckoo doesn’t build her nest. She lays her eggs in another bird’s nest. When the young cuckoos grow they push the other little birds out.
The corncrake builds her nest in long grass. The lark builds her nest on the

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Collector
Rita Gallagher
Gender
female
Address
Glenalla, Co. Donegal
Informant
Mrs Gallagher
Gender
female
Age
80
Address
Glenalla, Co. Donegal
Language
English