DIVERS. These birds frequent our shores, and have their legs placed behind: their wings are short though not totally incapable of flight. They may be said to live upon the water, in which they are incessantly seen diving, seldom venturing upon land except for the purpose of continuing their kind. The first of this numerous tribe is the great northern diver, nearly the size of a goose: it is beautifully variegated with stripes; the gray speckled diver does not exceed the size of a Muscovy duck, and, except in size, much resembles the former; the red-necked diver, in shape, is more elegant than either of the preceding, and about a fourth less than the grayspeckled diver, which varies in the disposition and form of its spots and colours, some having their necks surrounded with a speckled ring: in some the spots are oblong, in others round. All have a rank fishy taste. likewise states that his station was at Winchester.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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