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feet to some extent in balancing itself when turning with the wind, also by poking them down at a right angle with the body to check its course especially when alighting on the water. Generally while flying they are stretched out behind with the webs extended and assist the bird materially in guiding itself, the tail being shorter than the extended feet. It rises by extending its wings and running against the wind over the water until it is sufficiently raised above the water to use its wings without wetting them. A flock of four or five have accompanied us from California so far but will probably soon leave