WEIGHS about four ounces. A pale red line divides the head in the middle longways; the chin under the bill is white; the neck is a mixture of brown and red; the breast and belly are almost wholly white. The back and wings are of a dusky colour. The flesh is tender, sweet, and of a most agreeable flavour, next to that of the wood cock. They feed especially upon small red worms, and other insects which they find in muddy and swampy places, on the shores of rivulets and brooks, and on the clayish margins of ponds. It is said that some Snipes remain with us all the summer, and build in moors and marshes, laying four or five eggs. The others are migratory.
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