from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sandpiper of some kind, as the dunlin, the sanderling, etc.; also, the turnstone.
- n. A ring-plover of some kind, as the ring-dotterel.
- n. The sea-titling, Anthus obscurus. See rock-pipit.
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I searched every inch of the cliff-face for a foothold, but there was nothing there big enough for anything bigger than a sea-lark.
-- The brown old earth, in autumn, when all the glories of summer are fading, or have faded, wears a good gigantic smile, looking not backward, but forward, with his feet in the ripples of the sea-wash, and listening to the sweet twitters of the ` white-breasted sea-lark '.
Then, again, our three common pipits -- the tree-pipit (Anthus arboreus), the meadow-pipit (Anthus pratensis), and the rock-pipit or sea-lark (Anthus obscurus) have each occupied a distinct place in nature to which they have become specially adapted, as indicated by the different form and size of the hind toe and claw in each species.
Amongst an immense number of others are found many new reptiles, some of them adapted for fresh water; species of birds allied to the sea-lark, curlew, quail, buzzard, owl, and pelican; species allied to the dormouse and squirrel; also the opossum and racoon; and species allied to the genette, fox, and wolf.
On the shores, besides the sand-piper, described above, we found another, about the size of a lark, which bears a great affinity to the burre, and a plover differing very little from our common sea-lark.
The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet. "
To bask i 'the sun, "but in the short winter days, that the sea-lark keeps constant to the fringe of ocean.