Pluvialis Vociferus: The chattering Plover.
This is about the Size of the larger Snipe. The Eyes are large, with
scarlet Circle. A black Lift runs from the Bill under the Eyes.
The Forehead is white; above which it is black. The Rest of the
Head is brown. The Throat and round the Neck is white; under which
there is a broad black Lift encompassing the Neck. Another Lift
of black crosses the Breast, from the Shoulder of one Wing to that
of the other. Except which, the Breast and Belly are white. The
Back and Wings are brown; the larger Quill-Feathers being of a darker
brown. The small Rump-Feathers, which cover three Quarters of the
Tail, are of a yellowish red. The lower Part of the Tail is black.
The Legs and Feet of a Straw-Colour. It hath no back Toes. These
Birds are very frequent both in Virginia and Carolina;
and are a great Hinderance to Fowlers by alarming the Game with
their screaming Noise. In Virginia they are called Killdeers,
from some Resemblance of their Noise to the Sound of that Word.
They abide in Carolina and Virginia all the Year.
The Feathers of the Cock and Hen differ not much.
Frutex foliis oblongis acuminatis, floribus spicatis unoversu
dispositis: The Sorrel-Tree.
The Trunc of this Tree is usually five or six Inches thick, and
rises to the Height of about twenty Feet, with slender Branches
thick set with Leaves, shaped like those of the Pear-Tree. From
the Ends of the Branches proceed little white monopetalous Flowers,
like those of the Strawberry-Tree, which are thick set on short
Footstalks to one Side of many slender Stalks, which are pendant
on one Side of the main Branch.