Shorebirds: Wilson’s Snipe

Photo of Wilson's Snipe

April showers bring Wilson's Snipe, or so it seems to me. A grassy flooded field near my home has proven a reliable spot for these secretive shorebirds. Their plumage allows them to hide in plain sight (except when a spring snowfall coats the ground, see above) while they use their sizable bill to probe soft ground for edibles.

Photo of Wilson's Snipe in flight

Wilson's Snipe give a distinctive alarm call, which can be useful for identifying birds in flight. Listen to this a audio sample:

The following photo (click for a larger version) shows eight birds foraging together in a wet field. To learn more about Wilson's Snipe, visit All About Birds.

Photo of Wilson's Snipe flock

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