School: Ballinakill (B.) (roll number 895)

Ballinakill, Co. Laois
William Hande

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Wild Birds

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0831, Page 019

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The local wild birds in my district are, wood-quests, blackbirds, sparrows, wrens, crows, jackdaws, stairs, thrushes, robins, magpies and swallows.
The wood-quest builds her nest in a tall bush. She builds her nest with bits of sticks which she finds in the woods. She makes a flat nest with no sides on it. The wood quest lays only two eggs. The eggs are pure white they are about half the size of a hen egg.
The wood-quest sits three weeks on her eggs before the young birds are hatched out.