He brought down a white pigeon and a wood-pigeon, which, cleverly plucked and suspended from a skewer, was roasted before a red fire of dead wood.
Two wood-pigeons completed this extraordinary menu.
Next, hidden under the water of the brook in a netted hand-bag, he brought to light the carcass of a fat wood-pigeon
he had snared the previous day.
For the most part it was a silent forest, lush and dank, where only occasionally a wood-pigeon
cooed or snow- white cockatoos laughed harshly in laborious flight.
Peter became very clever at helping the birds to build their nests; soon he could build better than a wood-pigeon
, and nearly as well as a blackbird, though never did he satisfy the finches, and he made nice little water-troughs near the nests and dug up worms for the young ones with his fingers.
How strange it is that the English wood-pigeon
, generally so wild a bird, should very frequently rear its young in shrubberies close to houses!
And Gerda related all, from the very beginning: the Wood-pigeons
cooed above in their cage, and the others slept.
As when two doves, or two wood-pigeons
, or as when Strephon and Phyllis (for that comes nearest to the mark) are retired into some pleasant solitary grove, to enjoy the delightful conversation of Love, that bashful boy, who cannot speak in public, and is never a good companion to more than two at a time; here, while every object is serene, should hoarse thunder burst suddenly through the shattered clouds, and rumbling roll along the sky, the frightened maid starts from the mossy bank or verdant turf, the pale livery of death succeeds the red regimentals in which Love had before drest her cheeks, fear shakes her whole frame, and her lover scarce supports her trembling tottering limbs.
During this time I made my rounds in the woods for game every day when the rain permitted me, and made frequent discoveries in these walks of something or other to my advantage; particularly, I found a kind of wild pigeons, which build, not as wood-pigeons
in a tree, but rather as house-pigeons, in the holes of the rocks; and taking some young ones, I endeavoured to breed them up tame, and did so; but when they grew older they flew away, which perhaps was at first for want of feeding them, for I had nothing to give them; however, I frequently found their nests, and got their young ones, which were very good meat.
Chattering jays and loud wood-pigeons
flapped thickly overhead, while ever and anon the measured tapping of Nature's carpenter, the great green woodpecker, sounded from each wayside grove.
As we limped homewards, sadly mauled and discomfited, we saw them for a long time flying at a great height against the deep blue sky above our heads, soaring round and round, no bigger than wood-pigeons
, with their eyes no doubt still following our progress.
I have found out a gift for my fair - I have found where the wood-pigeons
breed; But let me the plunder forbear, She would say 'twas a barbarous deed.