(Continued from page 150.) LAPWING V(melius vulgaris Bechst. S. page 555. The wings of the two sexes have been shown by Mr. F. W. Frohawk to be different. Those of the male are rounder and broader than those of the female, a characteristic which may be distinguished in flight. The formulae of the primaries are as follows :– c? 1st = 7th. ? 1st = 4th. 2nd and 4th, equal. 2nd and 3rd, equal and longest. 3rd, longest. 7th, 8th, and 9th, 1J- in. longer than in $ . ” In the male the primaries are long and broad, giving a decidedly curved outline, while the secondaries, being considerably shorter, add greatly to the rounded appearance of the wing.” Mr. Frohawk also points out that the bill of the female is longer and her crest shorter than in the male (F. W. Frohawk, Ibis, 1904, pp. 446-451, figs. 5-10). AVOCET Becurvirostra avocetta L. S. page 561. CORNWALL.–One was shot in the Cober Valley, Helston, on April 21st, 1900–” the only specimen recorded from Cornwall during the past twenty-seven years ” (J. Clark, Zool, 1907, p. 286). NORFOLK AND KENT.–They still visit these counties with fair regularity every year in May or June. ESSEX.–An immature female was shot at Leigh-on-theSea in November, 1908, and another was shot near the same place in August, 1901 (F. Cooper, Field, 1908, p . 888.) NORTH WALES.—One seen and identified by Capt. Bailey on a marsh near Llanelltyd in 1901 (H. E. Forrest, Vert. F.
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