searching for birds' nests as a hobby, often to steal the eggs

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Examples from the Web for bird-nesting

Historical Examples of bird-nesting

  • Besides, the bird-nesting boys might be dangerous if they knew where it was.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • One day I was up a tree, bird-nesting, in one of the lanes near our school.

    The Thorogood Family

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Bird-nesting in summer is wicked, cruel, and against the law.

    Woodland Tales

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • Well, he did, a bit: then he and Jem Morris went off bird-nesting.

    The King's Daughters

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • He expected to find them useful while bird-nesting on the marshes.

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies