Margaret Grainger (ed.), The Natural History Prose Writings of John Clare

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1Sand martins2 make holes in the side of a sand or stone pit going 2stra⟨igh⟩t for a good way & then turning stunt [del. to the left south] 3where they are widened & there a loose nest is formed of dead grass 4small leaves & twitch—I have also noticed that all the nests in the 5same side of a stone pit have the turning at the end made the same 6way—& if the stone pit points from north to south they are all 7turned to the left hand or southward

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Editor’s Note
1 Taken from Pet. MS A46, p. 189.
Editor’s Note
2 See 'The Sand-martin', Poems, ii. 243.
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