Morinellus Marinus of Sir Thomas Brown. An Cinclus Turneri?:
The Turn-Stone or Sea-Dottrel.
This Bird has, in Proportion to its Body, a small Head, with a strait
taper black Bill, an Inch long. All the Upper-part of the Body is
brown, with a mixture of white and black. The Quill-Feathers of
the Wings are dark brown; the Neck and Breast black; the Legs and
Feet light red. In a Voyage to America, Anno 1722, in 31
Deg. N. Lat. and 40 Leagues from the Coast of Florida, the
Bird from which this was figur'd flew on Board us and was taken.
It was very active in turning up Stones, which we put into its Cage;
but not finding under them the usual Food, it died. In this Action
it moved only the upper Mandible; yet would with great Dexterity
and Quickness turn over Stones of above three Pounds Weight. This
Property Nature seems to have given it for the finding of its Food;
which is probably Worms and Insects on the Sea-Shore. By comparing
This with the Description of That in Will. Ornithog. which
I had then on board, I found this to be the same Kind with that
Arbor maritima, foliis conjugatis pyriformibus apice in summitate
instructis, floribus racemosis luteis.
This Plant grows usually to the Height of four or five Feet, with
many strait ligneous Stems; to which are set opposite to each other
at the Distance of five or six Inches, smaller single Stems. The
Leaves grew opposite to one another on Footstalks half on Inch long,
being narrow next the Stalk, and broad at the End; where they are
a little pointed; in Shape like a Pear. The Flowers grow in Tufts,
at the Ends of the Branches, on short Footstalks; each Flower being
form'd like a Cup, with yellow Apices.