Alauda Gutture Flavo: The Lark.
In size and shape this resembles our Sky-Lark. The Crown of the Head
is mixt with black and yellow feathers. Through the Eyes runs a
stripe of yellow. From the Angle of the Mouth runs a black stripe
inclining downward; except which, the Throat and Neck are yellow.
The upper part of the Breast is covered with a Patch of black feathers,
in form of a Crescent. The remaining part of the Breast and Belly,
of a brown straw-colour. It has a long Heel. It has a single Note,
like that of our Sky Lark in Winter; at which time, and in cold
Weather only, they appear in Virginia and Carolina.
They come from the North in great Flights, and return early in the
Spring. From their near resemblance to our Sky-Lark, I conceive
they mount up and sing as ours do; but they appearing here only
in Winter, I cannot determine it. They frequent the Sand-Hills upon
the Sea-shore of Carolina, and there feed on these Oats,
which they find scattered on the Sands.
Gramen Myloicophoron 0xyphyllon Carolinianum: The Sea-Side Oat.
This Plant I observed growing no where but on Sand-Hills; so near
the Sea, that at high Tides the Water flows to it. Its Height is
usually four and five feet.