GODWIT, The (Scolopax wgricephala, Lin.), is nearly as large as the woodcock ; arrives in small flocks in September, and continues with us the whole winter. Its bill is four incites long, bending a little upwards, black at the point, and of a pale purple towards the base; a whitish streak passes from the bill to the eye ; the head, neck, and upper parts, of a dingy reddish brown ; each feather marked down the middle with a dark spot; the fore part of the breast streaked with black. In the female, the throat and neck are gray or ash-coloured. The godwit walks like the curlew, and feeds on worms and insects. When the weather becomes severe, it quits the fens, where it rears its young, and seeks the sea-shore or salt marshes.
Godwit, The Red. This bird is not only larger, but is distinguished from the common godwit by the reddishness of its plumage. The bill is nearly four inches long, slightly turned upwards, dark at the tip, and of a dull yellowish red at the base. Its general appearance, however, and habits, are nearlv the same as those of the godwit. It is not very common in this country : theflesh is said to be most grateful to the palate.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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