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(without typos) from the publisher. 1871. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... Gallinago wilsonii. Common during the migration, and often in
winter; but are somewhat uncertain. They frequent the marsh,
&c.; but rarely, if ever, the more open ground about the
harbor. Macrorhamphus griseus. Very abundant during the migration,
and perhaps some winter, as they may be taken in December. They
occur in large flocks on the sand-bars and mud-flats, as well as on
the salt meadows; and afford excellent shooting. They are not so
common in the spring, and the passage is more rapid. Pelidna
americana. Very abundant, April and May, and September to November;
some may remain all winter. A large part of them attain their
perfect dress before leaving in the spring; and it is partly
retained by many during the full migration, when, however, most of
them are in plain gray plumage. The vernal change begins early in
April, soon after the main body arrives from the south. Even in
spring they are often found exceedingly fat; and in the fall their
corpulence seems only limited by the capacity for expansion of the
skin. In examining a great number, I found a variation of a third
of an inch in the length of the bill; but this is always
considerably over an inch long, and never quite straight. They seem
to prefer muddy flats to the beach, and are among the most
snipelike of the sandpipers. Actodromas bonapartei. Common, during
the migration, associating in flocks with several other species.
The larger size, and conspicuously white rump, mark it at once from
Ereunetes, and the next species, its most frequent companions. This
little species is liable to be found in sandy and muddy places
throughout North America, east of the Rocky Mountains. It breeds in
Labrador, where, in July and August, it is one of the most abundant
shore birds; and in various parts of British Ame...
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