from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as nettle-bird.
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The bird spends the day searching for food in such places -- hence its name nettle-creeper -- creeping along the hedges, under brambles and thorns, and builds its nest in the locality to which it is accustomed.
Country boys set some value on the eggs of the nettle-creeper or whitethroat because the nest is difficult to find, and the eggs curiously marked.
Down among the stalks of the umbelliferous plants, where the grasses were knotted together, the nettle-creeper concealed her treasure, having selected a hollow by the bank so that the scythe should pass over.
In these the nettle-creeper (white-throat) hides her nest, and they have so encroached that the footpath is almost threatened.