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Wilson's Snipe

Gallinago delicata

Description:

Mostly brown upper parts, large, dark eye, long thick tapered bill, slightly drooping at the tip, brown spots on breast and neck, streaked face, and white underparts with barring on flanks.

Habitat:

Likes a variety of wetlands, including marshes, bogs, and open areas with rich soil.

Notes:

During display flights, the snipe will fly silently up hundreds of feet and descend with its tail feathers spread, causing a unique loud and vibrating sound.

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Dennis Davenport
Spotted by
Dennis Davenport

Washington, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2011
Submitted on Sep 25, 2011

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