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John Audubon observes the Common Greenshank

 

map of Florida Keys and Key West.

 

May 28, 1832 - At Sandy Key, Audubon states he shoot three Common Greenshank.

Some 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.'


 

Greenshank (Common Greenshank)
Audubon's painting of common greenshank in Birds of America

 

Above image from Historical Museum of Southern Florida - Audubon images at the Historical Museum website were produced from prints of an original Elephant Folio belonging to the museum. http://www.historical-museum.org/collect/audubon/audubon.htm) See Audubon House  

 

This 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.

Part of what Audubon writes in his Ornithological Biography, Volume. III, pages 4483 appears below:  

"While 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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