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.
These birds are in such esteem for the table, and so confined to solitary places, that they are not likely to increase to a degree as to change habits, which are favourable to vegetation. Wheat-ears are caught by suspending a hair noose between two turves placed on end, and touching each other in the form of a roof of a house. To this shelter the birds constantly run on the approach of danger, or even, apparently through timidity, on the gathering of storm-clouds.