Now let us suppose that the ancient progenitor of our European cuckoo had the habits of the American cuckoo; but that occasionally she laid an egg in another bird's nest
Of course when Peter landed he beached his barque [small ship, actually the Never Bird's nest
in this particular case in point] in a place where the bird would easily find it; but the hat was such a great success that she abandoned the nest.
The cuckoo lays its egg in the strange bird's nest
, and when the young one is hatched it shoulders its foster-brothers out and breaks at last the nest that has sheltered it.
Then, again, if you fix your eye upon this strange, crested, comb-like incrustation on the top of the mass --this green, barnacled thing, which the Greenlanders call the crown, and the Southern fishers the bonnet of the Right Whale; fixing your eyes solely on this, you would take the head for the trunk of some huge oak, with a bird's nest
in its crotch.
Though, upon the whole, I greatly admire and even love the brave, the honest, and learned Captain; yet I take it very ill of him that he should so utterly ignore that case-bottle, seeing what a faithful friend and comforter it must have been, while with mittened fingers and hooded head he was studying the mathematics aloft there in that bird's nest
within three or four perches of the pole.
He felt as if he were being led to look at some strange bird's nest
and must move softly.
When, at the turn of the gallery which opens on the roof of the side aisles, he perceived the tiny cell with its little window and its little door crouching beneath a great flying buttress like a bird's nest
under a branch, the poor man's heart failed him, and he leaned against a pillar to keep from falling.
As he traveled he hunted as he had hunted with his ape people in the past, as Kala had taught him to hunt, turning over rotted logs to find some toothsome vermin, running high into the trees to rob a bird's nest
, or pouncing upon a tiny rodent with the quickness of a cat.
A house whose inside is as open and manifest as a bird's nest
, and you cannot go in at the front door and out at the back without seeing some of its inhabitants; where to be a guest is to be presented with the freedom of the house, and not to be carefully excluded from seven eighths of it, shut up in a particular cell, and told to make yourself at home there -- in solitary confinement.
He called Lucy to look at the half-built bird's nest
without caring to show it Maggie, and peeled a willow switch for Lucy and himself, without offering one to Maggie.
He went home to his aunt for Sundays and holidays; he soon knew every bird's nest
about Queen's Crawley, and rode out with Sir Huddlestone's hounds, which he admired so on his first well-remembered visit to Hampshire.
Laurie devoted himself to the little ones, rode his small daughter in a bushel-basket, took Daisy up among the bird's nests
, and kept adventurous Rob from breaking his neck.