Curlew Sandpiper – 1894

Tringa subarquata – An autumn visitor

To be seen in company with Dunlin on the sands, and to be easily distinguished from them by their longer legs and more upright carriage, and by the white upper tail coverts that become visible directly the birds take wing. We imagine that in spite of the distinctions we have pointed out, this species (that we always found to be common and sometimes abundant on the opposite coasts of North Devon) has been confounded with the Dunlin, as it does not appear in either Mr Tracy’s or Mr Dix’s lists, and is only included by Mr Mathias. The shape of the beak, which gives the birds its name, being slightly curved, like that of the Curlew, in another distinguishing mark by which it may be readily known.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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