When my man, mounting the tree, approached the nest the parent birds evinced
the greatest anxiety, flew just above his head, uttering all the while a sharply repeated cry.
After that he learned to accept them with the serenity evinced
by the rest of the family.
I suggested immediately that as I had come to Hopefield Manor to inspect the flues I should now be about my business; but to my surprise Miss Hollister evinced
no interest whatever in the matter.