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They are incapable of making their own nests, or of feeding their own larvae.
sanguinea; and when I had accidentally disturbed both nests, the little ants attacked their big neighbours with surprising courage.
But as ants, which are not slave-makers, will, as I have seen, carry off pupae of other species, if scattered near their nests, it is possible that pupae originally stored as food might become developed; and the ants thus unintentionally reared would then follow their proper instincts, and do what work they could.
Finch, "that when water gets into the nest it remains there and your little ones are drowned.
If," said he, "a finch's nest is placed on the Serpentine it fills and breaks to pieces, but a thrush's nest is still as dry as the cup of a swan's back.
The opening is large and arched, and directly in front, within the nest, there is a partition, which reaches nearly to the roof, thus forming a passage or antechamber to the true nest.
Then at last he understood, and clutched the nest and waved his thanks to the bird as she fluttered overhead.
Then he got into the nest, reared the stave in it as a mast, and hung up his shirt for a sail.
However, I say, Scud, we're all going after a hawk's nest to-morrow, in Caldecott's Spinney; and if you'll come and behave yourself, we'll have a stunning climb.
I'm for the hawk's nest, and anything that turns up.
Of course they will," said Tip; "for this is their nest.
Indeed, the nest was half filled with a most curious collection of small articles for which the birds could have no use, but which the thieving Jackdaws had stolen during many years from the homes of men.
I was somewhat older than during the nest days, but still helpless.
They carried them away in bags, and stored them in several hollow stumps near the tree where they had built their nest.
Timmy rolled over and over, and then turned tail and fled towards his nest, followed by a crowd of squirrels shouting --"Who's-been digging-up MY-nuts?