Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wilson’s Snipe

On 26 October 2014, I was happily listing a Killdeer (on the right edge of this photo) on eBird, when I noticed a Wilson’s Snipe resting behind and to the left. No wonder Mueller (1999) describes the abundant snipe as elusive.

In a previous post, I wrote about aspects of snipe behavior and etymology. Suffice to say today that a few snipe occasionally attempt to winter in Minnesota if the birds locate permanent, unfrozen water. Otherwise the Minnesota winter is bleak for this shorebird.

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