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the Common Greenshank
1832 - At Sandy Key, Audubon states he shoot three Common
believe that Audubon saw a Greater Yellowlegs rather than
a Greenshank. This species has not been seen in the
Florida Keys since Audubon's sighting, and has been
placed on the Hypothetical List, the Check-list of North
American Birds established by the American Ornithological
Union. indicating that Audubon's record of observation of
this species is 'unsatisfactory.'
image from Historical Museum of Southern
- Audubon images at the
Museum website were
produced from prints of an original Elephant Folio
belonging to the museum.
painting by Audubon showing the Common Greenshank with
the Castillo de San Marcos of St. Augustine in the
background is thought to have been painted in 1835.
Audubon incorporated into his print the view of the
historic Spanish fortress from a 1831 sketch by Lehman.
what Audubon writes in his Ornithological
Biography, Volume. III, pages 4483 appears below:
on Sand Key [Sandy Key], which is about six
miles distant from Cape Sable ..., I shot three birds
of this species on the 28th of May 1832. I had first
supposed them to be Tell-tale Godwits, as they walked
on the bars and into the shallows much in the same
manner, and, on obtaining them, imagined they were
new; but on shewing (showing) them to my assistant Mr.
Ward, who was acquainted with the Greenshank of
Europe, he pronounced them to be the species, and I
have since ascertained the fact by a comparison of
specimens. They were all male birds, and I observed no
material difference in their plumage . We did not find
any afterwards . . . "
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