Birds of prey
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Created For = CW
Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael probably while he lived at 31, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, as this address is written in ink on the first folio. Written on the inside front cover but heavily scored is text which reads 'Mrs Malcolm MacLeod, [- Islay], widow of Mal[colm] MacLeod [Loch-]. The majority of the notebook contains material collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Ìle/ Islay relating folklore and natural history about the birds, fish, shellfish and animals found in and...
Note about the birds 'croman fion', 'croman rua', 'corrghrieach' and 'crotach' [possibly snipes, heron and plover], June 1887
Scope and Contents Note about the birds 'croman fion', 'croman rua', 'corrghrieach' and 'crotach' [possibly red kite, hen harrier, heron and curlew] probably collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Ìle/Islay, regarding the best time to spot them.
Scope and Contents Note about the cuckoo collected from John MacAulay from Gearrloch [Geàrrloch/Gairloch, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty] but living in Edinburgh [Dùn Èideann which reads 'Lacharan = Iain na Cuthaig - as jackal is to [bear] As she says gugug = he says Tach! tach! tach! tach!' Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Note about the hunting habits of hawks probably collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Ìle/Islay. It mentions the spear[a]g, an t-seabh[ag]-rua and an t-seabhag ghorm [sparrowhawk, red hawk or falcon and peregrine falcon] and the sizes of birds they will or will not attempt to kill. The text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Notes and story about eagles including that a young eagle does not leave the nest until it can hunt for itself, that Calum Brocar got ten shillings for an eagle, that an eagle 'cuts rope like [a] knife' and that fishermen off Bhatairsteinn/Waterstein found an eagle 'with its two claws into a large Ugsa [coal-fish]. both dead.' Each line of text has been scored through horizontally.
Scope and Contents Story about a child abducted by an eagle collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Baile Meadhanach/Ballymeanach, Ìle/Islay, which tells how a Colbhasa/Colonsay woman left her child rolled in a blanket on the ground while at the sheiling, but it was lifted by an eagle which carried it to Islay and laid it down on a hillock, which Donald's grandfather was hiding behind. The story concludes that 'The child screamed.'
Scope and Contents Story about a hawk hunting rock pigeons probably collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Ìle/Islay. Donald tells how John Maconail, W Eilestra [Aolstradh an Iar/Wester Ellister] saw a blue hawk [peregrine falcon] chasing rock pigeons at Eileastra [Port Ellister], striking one, which fell to the ground, John picked it up and it flew high again, the hawk struck another pigeon which fell straight down, the hawk pursuing it with 'treme[ndous] swirl making straight upon her he jerked a little aside....
Scope and Contents Story about eagles eating a wounded hind, at Carn ban [An Càrn Bàn/Cairnbaan, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] that they cut the hind's artery and were eating at its chest flesh. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Two stories about shooting birds including that [-] Ross, gamekeeper, shot a forked tailed gled [kite] in 1884 and that in Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist he tried to shot at a greylag goose and on going to retrieve it, it was taken by a peregrine falcon and eaten before he got to it. He shot at the falcon but failed and eventually got it by setting a trap. The falcon went into the possession of Captain John [Maccalum]. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.