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BIRDS 221. Red-breasted 'Snipe.' Aiacrorhamphus griseus (Gmelin). One was shot at Battersea about 1860. The only record to which Surrey can lay any claim at all (Bucknill, p. 303). 222. Bar-tailed Godwit. Limosa lapponica (Linn.). A rare straggler, having only occurred thrice in Surrey (Bucknill, p. 315). 223. Black-tailed Godwit. Limosa belgica (Gmelin). Another rare straggler which has only been noticed on two or three occasions (Bucknill y p. 316). 224. Common Curlew. Numenius arquata (Linn.). An occasional visitor, which may perhaps have nested sometimes in the county. Not uncommonly seen high overhead, but only comparatively seldom drops from its migrations to feed on the quiet lakes and moors of Surrey. Has, however, been shot on numerous occa- sions. 225. Whimbrel. Numenius pheeopus (Linn.). Crosses the county, but seldom alights, on its spring and autumn migrations. Occasion- ally shot, but far more often noticed in the air (Bucknill, p. 419). 226. Black Tern. Hydrocbelidon nigra (Linn.). An occasional visitor on migration to the county waters, on which it has been recorded on many occasions. 227. Sandwich Tern. Sterna cantiaca, Gmelin. Once or twice noticed in Surrey. A rare visitor (Bucknill, p. 321). 228. Roseate Tern. Sterna dougalli, Montagu. Stated to have been shot once at Frensham and once at Vachery Pond (Bucknill, p. 322). 229. Common Tern. Sterna fluviatilis, Nau- mann. A regular visitor in winter to the Thames, and often appears on the large inland waters of the county. By far the commonest tern which shows itself in Surrey. 230. Arctic Tern. Sterna macrura, Naumann. Rather a rare winter visitor to the Thames, and in Surrey has only been specifically re- corded once or twice (Bucknill, p. 322). 231. Little Tern. Sterna minuta, Linn. Not very common on the Thames in win- ter, and has been recorded on our local lakes only with some degree of scarcity, but it is not very rare (Bucknill, p. 324). 232. Little Gull. Larus minutus, Pallas. A rare visitor to Surrey, but occurs some- times on the Thames ; recorded about a dozen times (Bucknill, p. 325). 233. Black-headed or Brown-headed Gull. Larus ridibundus^ Linn. A very abundant winter visitor to the Thames, whence it strays occasionally to the inland county lakes. 234. Common Gull. Larus canus, Linn. Fairly common as a winter visitor to the Thames, and sometimes finds its way inland. 235. Herring-Gull. Larus argentatus, Gmelin. Not an uncommon spring, autumn and winter visitor to the Thames, and occurs in- land in Surrey not infrequently. 236. Lesser Black-backed Gull. Larus fiiscus, Linn. Another fairly common visitor to the Thames, and is sometimes observed off the river. 237. Great Black-backed Gull. Larus mari- nus, Linn. A rare winter visitor to the river, and only recorded from Surrey upon a few occasions (Bucknill y p. 330). 238. Glaucous Gull. Larus g/aucus, Fabricius. A specimen is stated to have been shot at Newark Mill on the Wey. It is the only county record (Bucknill, p. 331). 239. Kittiwake. Rissa tridactyla (Linn.). A common winter visitor to the river, and often is found inland on our smaller streams and larger lakes. 240. Arctic or Richardson's Skua. Sterccrarius crepidatus (Gmelin). A very rare visitor, only recorded four or five times in the county (Bucknill, p. 333). 241. Razorbill. A lea torda. Linn. A vagrant from the coast, being like all the Alcidie which have occurred in Surrey a storm- driven visitor. Has been observed on four or five occasions at Cobham, Shalford, Cranleigh and other places (Bucknill, p. 335). 242. Guillemot. Uria troile (Linn.). An accidental straggler to the metropolitan waters of the Thames, and has once been recorded inland at Milford near Godalming (Bucknill, p. 335). 217