Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813. / American ornithology; or The natural history of the birds of the United States
Species 6. Scolopax vociferus. Tell-tale godwit, or snipe, pp. -120
120 TELL-TALE GODWIT, OR SNIPE. mage from the male; sometimes the vent is slightly dotted with black, and the upper parts more brown. Nature seems to have intended this bird as a kind of spy, or centinel, for the safety of the rest; and so well acquainted are they with the watchful vigilance of this species, that, while it continues silent among them, the Ducks feed in the bogs and marshes without the least suspicion. The great object of the gunner is to escape the penetrating glance of this guardian, which is sometimes extremely difficult to effect. On the first whistle of the Tell-tale, if beyond gunshot, the gunner aban- dons his design, but not without first bestowing a few left-hand- ed blessings on the author of his disappointment.
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