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perching

characteristic resting posture of birds on thin branches or perches; facilitated by anatomical arrangement of the digital flexor tendons—when the bird squats the knee and hock joints are flexed and the digital tendons flex passively, the digits grasping the perch.
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Paddling over it, you may see, many feet beneath the surface, the schools of perch and shiners, perhaps only an inch long, yet the former easily distinguished by their transverse bars, and you think that they must be ascetic fish that find a subsistence there.
There have been caught in Walden pickerel, one weighing seven pounds -- to say nothing of another which carried off a reel with great velocity, which the fisherman safely set down at eight pounds because he did not see him -- perch and pouts, some of each weighing over two pounds, shiners, chivins or roach (Leuciscus pulchellus), a very few breams, and a couple of eels, one weighing four pounds -- I am thus particular because the weight of a fish is commonly its only title to fame, and these are the only eels I have heard of here; -- also, I have a faint recollection of a little fish some five inches long, with silvery sides and a greenish back, somewhat dace-like in its character, which I mention here chiefly to link my facts to fable.
You would think that you could walk dry under it to the opposite hills, and that the swallows which skim over might perch on it.
At length the wind rose, the mist increased, and the waves began to run, and the perch leaped much higher than before, half out of water, a hundred black points, three inches long, at once above the surface.
Pickwick ascended to his perch, and deposited his feet on a floor-clothed shelf, erected beneath it for that purpose.
Fort Perch Rock curator Doug Darroch said: "We tend to fire the cannon on major occasions, like when the great ships come in or on Remembrance Sunday.
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Estuary perch are a popular native species in coastal estuaries so they are an ideal candidate for developing new fisheries in Victoria s freshwater lakes and rivers south of the Great Dividing Range.
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Here I describe an encounter between a group of five scissor-tailed flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus) and a group of 11 blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) for a perch site.
One male hummingbird would sit on the same perch almost every time he left, the feeder.
Agricultural Research Service scientists are working closely with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences to ensure that the aquaculture industry produces enough yellow perch to meet consumer demand.