Category Archive: Charadriiformes

May 19 2013

Folklore, how the Snipe got its long beak

At one time there were no lakes. There were creeks and rivers, but no lakes. Raven wanted to make lakes, so he made a depression in the ground for to collect the water and a new lake began to form. Then he put fish in the new lake. After a time he returned to see …

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May 09 2013

Bird stories, Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus)

In England the dotterel is considered an article of food a great delicacy. It is caught in the night by lamplight, in accordance with the movements of the fowler. For if he stretch out his arm the bird extends a wing. If he stretches a leg, the bird does the same. In short, whatever the …

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May 09 2013

Bird stories, Curlew (Numenius arquata)

The sad wailing, cry of these birds, while on the wing, in the dark still nights of winter, resembling the moans of wandering spirits, is believed in some parts of England to be a death warning, and called the cry of the Seven Whistlers. In Scotland the farmers think the cry is exactly like the …

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May 05 2013

Bird stories, Common Buttonquail (Turnix sylvatica)

A fowler once caught a Quail. The Quail said, I know four things that will be useful for you to know. What are they? asked the Fowler. Well, said the Quail, I don’t mind telling you three of them now. The first is : Fast caught, fast keep; never let a thing go when once …

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May 03 2013

Identification Buff-breasted Sandpiper vs Ruff

Plate from RSPB site.

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May 03 2013

Identification Bar-tailed Godwit vs Black-tailed Godwit

Plate from RSPB site.

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May 03 2013

Identification juvenile common vs Arctic Tern

Plate from RSPB site.

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May 03 2013

Identification, Roseate vs Common vs Arctic Tern

Plate from RSPB site

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May 03 2013

Identification: Little Ringed Plover vs Ringed Plover

Plate from RSPB site.

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May 03 2013

Bird stories, Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)

The Hudson Bay Eskimos tell their boys and girls when they see the funny little guillemots by the sea-cliffs and ask about them, that once a lot of children were playing near the brink of such a cliff. Their noisy shouts disturbed a band of seal-hunters on the beach below, and one of the men …

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