Plate Number: I 72
Morinellus Marinus of Sir Thomas Brown. An Cinclus Turneri?: The Turn-Stone or Sea-Dottrel
This Bird has, in Proportion to its Body, a small Head, with a strait taper black Bill, an Inch long. All the Upper-part of the Body is brown, with a mixture of white and black. The Quill-Feathers of the Wings are dark brown; the Neck and Breast black; the Legs and Feet light red. In a Voyage to America, Anno 1722, in 31 Deg. N. Lat. and 40 Leagues from the Coast of Florida, the Bird from which this was figur'd flew on Board us and was taken. It was very active in turning up Stones, which we put into its Cage; but not finding under them the usual Food, it died. In this Action it moved only the upper Mandible; yet would with great Dexterity and Quickness turn over Stones of above three Pounds Weight. This Property Nature seems to have given it for the finding of its Food; which is probably Worms and Insects on the Sea-Shore. By comparing This with the Description of That in Will. Ornithog. which I had then on board, I found this to be the same Kind with that he describes.
Arbor maritima, foliis conjugatis pyriformibus apice in summitate instructis, floribus racemosis luteis
This Plant grows usually to the Height of four or five Feet, with many strait ligneous Stems; to which are set opposite to each other at the Distance of five or six Inches, smaller single Stems. The Leaves grew opposite to one another on Footstalks half on Inch long, being narrow next the Stalk, and broad at the End; where they are a little pointed; in Shape like a Pear. The Flowers grow in Tufts, at the Ends of the Branches, on short Footstalks; each Flower being form'd like a Cup, with yellow Apices.