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Cricket bird


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cricket bird a small European bird (Silvia locustella); -- called also grasshopper warbler.
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In literature:

In the meantime the frogs and crickets stopped to rest, and Dot could hear the conversation of some of the old birds perched near her.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
Out of the forest came the droning of the wood-crickets, the last twitterings of the day birds, and the beginning of night sounds.
"The Flaming Forest" by James Oliver Curwood
The crickets sing, and I hear the chirping of birds besides.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
All day long the white birds fed upon the crickets, and when they left at night the harvest had been saved.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
Crickets sounded their note, a few silent birds winged furtively overhead.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
Some birds sing sweetly at night, the crickets and frogs are heard a good deal.
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
In the meantime the frogs and crickets stopped to rest, and Dot could hear the conversation of some of the old birds perched near her.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
The bird, with a wild chirrup, like that of a distressed cricket, flew outward and upwards.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Watch the crow in the pasture field and learn whether this bird kills grasshoppers and crickets.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Not a breath of air was stirring; even the birds and crickets were silent.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The whippoorwills, the frogs and crickets, were silent, and the sharp, sweet song of a mocking bird throbbed from a hedge.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Cricket-fed turkey would shame any stubble-fed bird altogether, both as to fatness and meatiness and flavour.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
The song-birds of summer had gone, but the crickets were merrily chirping around them; flowers were fading, but fruits were ripening.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Not a sound disturbed the perfect stillness; not even the hum of the cricket, or the song of the bird.
"Sketches of Aboriginal Life" by V. V. Vide
Even the birds are quieter, and the crickets and the katydids less boisterous.
"The Jonathan Papers" by Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
Dusk was starting to settle in, and the evening birds and crickets had begun to add their eerie sound effects.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
A few little birds warbled among the boughs, and the field-cricket chirped in the bushes.
"The Infidel, Vol. II." by Robert Montgomery Bird
All about them was the hum of bees, the song of birds, the smell of clover, and the merry music of the crickets.
"A Little Book of Profitable Tales" by Eugene Field
This is to help catch living prey, for he eats mice and other little mammals, besides grasshoppers, crickets, and sometimes small birds.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
In Spain, crickets are held in such estimation, that they are kept in cages like birds.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851" by Various

In poetry:

Sorrow that has lost its memory
is like the dumb dark hours
that have no bird songs
but only the cricket's chirp.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
Crickets to the morning air
Sang the season's evening song,
While the sea-birds' dusky lair
Glimmered with their throng.
"In Mist And Dark" by Annie Adams Fields
Hushed the bird-voices and the hum of bees,
In the thin grass the crickets pipe no more;
But still the squirrel hoards his winter store,
And drops his nut-shells from the shag-bark trees.
"A Day" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The day was hot and the day was dumb,
Save for cricket's chirr or the bee's low hum,
Not a bird was seen or a butterfly,
And ever till noon was over, the sun
Glared down with a yellow and terrible eye;
"A Thunder Storm" by Susan Coolidge
Hark! and you may not hear
A sound less soothing than the rustle cool
Of swaying leaves, the steady wiry drone
Of unseen crickets, sudden chirpings clear
Of happy birds, the tinkle of the pool,
Chafed by a single stone.
"Afternoon" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Students at Keller Timber Creek High School set off stink bombs, threw balloons filled with baby oil, and unleashed snakes, rats, crickets and "little yellow birds" into hallways Friday.
Yes, dear readers, soon my crickets will take flight and the sky will darken as all of my birds come home.