The Semi-Palmated Sandpiper (Ereunetes Pusills) In Kent: A New British and European Bird

Published on 01 July 1908 in Main articles

ON September 19th last I had the opportunity, through the kindness of Mr. Bristow, of examining a small wader which he had just received for preservation. He at first thought it was a Little Stint, but on taking it up to skin he noticed the webbing at the base of the toes and, as soon as he had finished stuffing it, he brought it up to me to identify. Having compared it with skins of the Little, Temminck’s, and American Stints, and with descriptions, we made out that it was, without doubt, a specimen of the American Semi-palmated Sandpiper (Ereunetes pusiUus). I t was an immature bird in autumn plumage, and had been shot two days previously by a shore-shooter at Jury Gap in Romney Marsh, not far from the Sussex and Kent boundary. Of the three Stints mentioned above, the present specimen is most like the Little Stint (Tringa minuta) in a similar stage of plumage, but is paler on the back, and the edges of the long scapular feathers are of a paler sandywhite. I t is also more easily distinguished from any of them by its comparatively larger and stouter bill and the characteristic webbing between the bases of the three anterior toes. I n Eastern North America this is a widely distributed species in the summer, migrating south in the autumn through the West Indian Islands to the coasts of South America. So far as I have been able to ascertain this is the first occurrence

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