Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Knot Tringacanutus

Knot (Tringa canutus), a northern wading bird of the Snipe family, visiting Britain in the autumn. It is about 10 inches long, with mottled brownish-black plumage above, below brownish-red in summer and white in winter. It is prized as a delicacy, and is said, but without evidence, to be named after King Canute.