Nation diary 1917: nectar sipping hawk-moths

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Initially revealed within the Manchester Guardian on 28 September 1917

Although the Meals Controller might take into account that the provision of fresh-water fish isn’t of nice significance, the cormorants evidently maintain a unique opinion. There have been two busily sampling what they might catch on one of many Delamere meres; they thought a giant, lazy bream properly price diving for. Was it this concept which attracted a passing shag – the smaller and far rarer inexperienced cormorant – to see what it might discover on the canal close to Mossley? Most likely it was both misplaced or fagged out when migrating, for it allowed itself to be caught, and once I final heard of it, three days in the past, was thriving properly in captivity. The massive cormorant typically wanders inland for a bit fishing, however the shag is seldom met with removed from the ocean.

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