Volume 4, Plate 6

Little Owl
Sea-side Finch
Sharp tailed Finch
Savannah Finch

Little Owl

This is one of the least of its whole genus; but, like many other little folks, makes up, in neatness of general form and appearance, for deficiency of size, and is, perhaps, the most shapely of all our owls. Nor are the colours and markings of its plumage inferior in simplicity and effect to most others. It also possesses an eye fully equal in spirit and brilliancy to the best of them.

Sea Finch

This species derives it whole subsistence form the sea. I examined a great number of individuals by dissection, and found their stomachs universally filled with fragments of shrimps, minute shell- fish, and broken limbs of small sea crabs. Its flesh, also, as was to be expected, tasted of fish, or was what is usually termed sedgy.

Savannah Finch

This is, probably, the most timid of all our sparrows. In winter it frequents the sea-shores; but, as spring approaches, migrates to the interior, as I have lately discovered, building its nest in the grass nearly in the same form, though with fewer materials, as that of the bay- winged bunting.