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

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Clare's Macloc Bird Lists1

N° 1

  1. 1Butcher Bird—134

  2. 2Osprey—137

    1. 3one shot in Milton Park2

  3. 4Kite—138

  4. 5Buzzard—139

  5. 6Moor Buzzerd—140

  6. 7Falcon—141

  7. 8Goshawk—142

  8. 9Sparrow hawk—143

  9. 10Merlin—144

  10. 11Owl—1443

    1. 12Large Wood Owl

    2. 13Small wood Owl

    3. 14Horned owl 3 shot in Milton Park

    4. 15by Artis

    5. 16Wheaten or Barn Owl

  11. 17Pheasant—150

    1. 18White Pheasant—shot in Burghley

    2. 19Park4

    3. 20A curious one shot in Oxey wood

  12. 21Partridge—155

    1. 22One flying into a house

  13. 23Quail— 156

  14. 24Raven— 158

    1. 25Account of a tame one

  15. 26Carrion Crow—159

    1. 27Easily domesticated

  16. 28Rook— 160

    1. 29Its colony & habits early time of

    2. 30building its young feeding &c

  17. 31Jack Daw—161

    1. 32Some times breed in Rabbit holes

    2. 33The blue headed or fen crow5

    3. 34its habits builds in bushes

  18. 35Mag pie—162

    1. 36Account of its manners when tame

    2. 37Mischievous inclinations to thieving

    3. 38& hiding its prey

    4. 39readiness to learn to talk

  19. 40Jay—163

    1. 41Easily tamed & learnt to whistle or

    2. 42talk

    3. 43Its call to warn other birds of ap-

    4. 44proaching danger

  20. 45Starling—165

    1. 46Easily tamed & learnt to talk

    2. 47Account of one kept by a gipsey

  21. 48Ring Ouzel—166

  22. 49The Mavis Thrush—167

    1. 50Singing thrush a different bird

  23. 51Field fare—168

  24. 52Cuckoo—169

    1. 53Account of it

  25. 54Red wing—170

  26. 55Wood pecker—171

    1. 56Green

    2. 57Pied

    3. 58Small

    4. 59Tree creeper

  27. 60Wood piegon—172

  28. 61Black bird— 174

  29. 62Gold finch—175

  30. 63Wren6

  31. 64Robin— 176

  32. pg 35465Lark—177

    1. 66Sky Lark

    2. 67Wood Lark

    3. 68Ground Lark

    4. 69Tit lark

  33. 70Bulfinch—178

  34. 71Nightingale—179

    1. 72Account of7

  35. 73Swallow—180

    1. 74Martin

    2. 75Devling8

    3. 76Accounts of each

  36. 77Brown linnet—182

    1. 78Or Goss linnet

    2. 79Or furze lark

    3. 80Green linnet [del. s]9

    4. 81Accounts of each

  37. 82House Sparrow—183

    1. 83Hedge Sparrow

    2. 84Fen or Reed sparrow

  38. 85Nut hatch—184

    1. 86Our tree creeper

  39. 87Chaffinch or Pink—186

  40. 88King fisher—187

  41. 89Wheat ear—188

    1. 90seen on Ailsworth heath

  42. 91Cross bill—189

    1. 92seen in Milton Gardens & often

    2. 93build there

  43. 94Pied fly catcher—192

  44. 95Red start—194

    1. 96Or Firetail

  45. 97Black cap—195

    1. 98Large sort

    2. 99Small sort

  46. 100Wagtail—196

    1. 101Yellow Wagtail

    2. 102Short tailed wagtail or Clodhopper

  47. 103Yellow hammer—197

  48. 104Tit mouse or Bluecap—198

  49. 105Fern Owl—202

  50. 106Cormorant—205

    1. 107One shot here

  51. 108Gull—207

    1. 109seen in great plenty in our fens

  52. 110Guilmot—211

  53. 111Wild Swan—213

    1. 112Fly higher the⟨n⟩ the wild goose

    2. 113[del. ?over] often seen pursuing

    3. 114their journeys but [del. so] not

    4. 115so much at1 the goose

  54. 116Wild Goose—215

  55. 117Conks—

    1. 118frequent Lincolnshire

Memorandums for Natural History2N° 2

  1. 1Conks3

    1. 2a wild water fowl between [del. the 3Goose & Swan]4 the goose & 4Swan

  2. 5Duck—219

    1. 6Black duck or scooter one shot on 7the river Nen near Peterbro

  3. 8Crested Diver—220

  4. 9Widgeon—221

    1. 10calld half birds5 by fowlers in the 11fens

  5. 12Heron—228

  6. 13Bittern—229

    1. 14calld here Butter bump6 from the 15odd noise they make

  7. 16Dotterel—233pg 355

  8. 17Avosetter7—233

  9. 18God wit or stone plover—234

  10. 19Curlew—235

    1. 20frequent the fens

  11. 21Snipe—236

  12. 22Wood cock—237

  13. 23Pewitt—238

  14. 24Green Plover—240

  15. 25Knot—240

  16. 26Ruff—241

  17. 27Redshank—242

  18. 28Sand piper—242

  19. 29Water hen—243

  20. 30Coot—244

  21. 31Water Ouzel—245

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Notes

Editor’s Note
1 See introduction to Pet. MS A46 list, pp. 118, 121. This list 'N° 1' is taken from Pet. MS A31, p. 88a, where it is set out in double columns in the same manner as the Pet. MS A46 detailed list. At the top of p. 88a Clare has noted 'Robin [ ] solitudes / Fights', a memorandum for Letter VII. List 'N° 2' (see pp. 354–5) is taken from Pet. MS A46, p. 162.
Editor’s Note
2 Here, and for numerous other cross-references in the following pages, see Pet. MS A46 detailed list.
Editor’s Note
3 The description of the owl begins on p. 145 in Macloc.
Editor’s Note
4 See Pet. MS A46, 'The Pheasant'.
Editor’s Note
5 Corvus corone cornix, hooded crow (B281).
Editor’s Note
6 The omitted page reference to Macloc is 175.
Editor’s Note
8 Bungay, ii. 140, refers to the 'Swift, Deviling, or Black Martin'.
Editor’s Note
9 There may be a deleted final 's' on 'linnet' or it may be a smudge. See Glossary.
Editor’s Note
1 For 'as'.
Editor’s Note
2 Taken from Pet. MS A46, p. 162; see pp. 353–4 above for Pet. MS A31 List 'N° 1'.
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3 See Pet. MS A46 list, ll. 976–7; Pet. MS A31 list, ll. 117–18. 'Conks' are not included by Macloc.
Editor’s Note
4 The deletion occurs because, as an afterthought, Clare decided to use only half the full width of the page; on p. 162 his entries do not extend to two columns as they do for the other A31 and A46 lists.
Editor’s Note
5 Johns, p. 615, gives the name 'Half-Duck' to the wigeon.
Editor’s Note
6 See Pet. MS A46, 'The Butter Bump'.
Editor’s Note
7 Might read 'Avosetta'.
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