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 Garden Warbler (Sylvia hortensis or salicaria), included in the family Sylviadae or Warblers, is 6 in. in length, and its colour brown above, abdomen white, and throat patch of white, brown tinted, and underwing coverts buff. It is active in habits, dwells in gardens and pleasure grounds, woodlands and hedges, arriving in Great Britain in April or May and departing from its shores in September. It builds a nest of a little moss, dried grass and wool, lined with fine fibrous roots and some long hairs, in a thick bush or hedge near the ground, and in it are laid four or five eggs, of a whitish-grey colour, spotted with brown, the spots being collected towards the larger end. The food consists of insects, particularly the small leaf-rolling caterpillars that infest apple and other fruit trees, feeding the young entirely upon insects. Its food, however, is varied with small fruit both wild and cultivated, but its depredations are not generally of a serious nature. This bird is the Beccafico of the Italians, so celebrated as a dainty for the table.