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The twig upon which they hung it forked
too widely to suit them. They deliber-
ated plainly upon the matter; then they
brought up a twig from the ground, laid
it across the forks, & tied it there with
.strings as a third support to the nest.
Moreover, when they tied the strings,
they took the ends in their beaks &
hung their [p.692] weight upon them so
as to draw the knots tight. For 25
successive years I watched other orioles
building, to see if this astonishing bit
of calculation should be repeated. Then,
last spring, two orioles built in a
buttonwood tree*, after having been
driven away from their favourite
elm by carpenters. They wanted a
swinging nest, but the buttonwood's
branches were too stiff & straight; so
they fastened 3 sticks together on the
ground in the form of a perfectly
measured triangle. At each angle they

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