This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
The Common Linnet (Linota cannabina), a plain but melodious member of the Finch family, is about 5½ in. in length, of a dark reddish-brown colour on the upper parts, and a dirty reddish-white beneath. The nest is made in low bushes, the outside formed of dried grass, roots, and moss, lined with hair and wool. The eggs are four or five, of a pale blue colour, spotted with brown at the larger end, and breeding generally takes place twice in the year. The linnet frequents commons and pastures, often in large flocks in autumn and winter, and feeds on various kinds of seeds, being very partial to those of wild sorrel and other obnoxious weeds, and is captured in great numbers by call-birds and fall-nets for bird-fanciers, the song of the bird being sweet and varied, and its manners gentle and docile. The linnet occasionally plucks up Brassicas in seed-leaf, but this is rare.