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

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pg 108remark on birds of passage9

1I have often observed that many birds that are reckoned birds of 2passage are very bad flyers particularly the Nightingale which 3appears as timid on the wing as a young bird for fright it as you will 4it cannot be urged to venture [del. accross] earnest flight above the 5underwood but hops from twig to twig in short fluttering attemps as 6almost makes one doubt wether its a bird of any passage at all

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Editor’s Note
9 Taken from Pet. MS A46, p. 139, where the passage has been crossed through vertically.
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