Our natives songsters

Anonyme, « Our native songsters », The Home Friend a Weekly Miscellany of Amusement and Instruction, Londres, The Society for Promotion Christian Knowledge, 1852, p. 477.

The caddis worm, which moves along at the bottom of the pool, in its case of woody fragments, and which, if left unharmed, will float over the stream as the light May-fly, supplies our bird with many a feast; and in his diving he seizes the tiny and beautiful stickleback, from the shoals which float in our lakes and stream, and which country people call barnstickles, because of their prickly spines; while the little minnows find no escape from his skilful wing and quick-seeing eye.