Volume 7, Plate 2

Esquimaux Curlew
Red back Snipe
Semipalmated Snipe
Marbled Godwit

Esquimaux Curlew

They fly high and with great rapidity. A few are seen in June, and as late as the beginning of July, when they generally move off towards the north. Their appearance on these occasions is very interesting: they collect together from the marshes as if by premeditated design, rise to a great height in the air, usually about an hour before sunset, and forming in one vast line, keep up a constant whistling on their way to the north, as if conversing with one another to render the journey more agreeable. Their flight is then more slow and regular, that the feeblest may keep up with the line of march; while the glittering of their beautifully speckled wings, sparkling in the sun, produces altogether a very pleasing spectacle.

Semipalmated Snipe or Willet

The anxiety and affection manifested by these birds for their eggs and young are truly interesting. A person no sooner enters the marshes, that he is beset by the willets, flying around and skimming over his head, vociferating with great violence their common cry of pill-will-willet, and uttering at times a loud clicking note as he approaches nearer to their nest. As they occasionally alight, and slowly shut their long white wings speckled with black, they have a mournful note expressive of great tenderness.