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Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Gallinago
Species: delicata


2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

West Monroe, Louisiana
Traverse City, Michigan
Norman, Oklahoma
Walkerton, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington

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Member Notes:

Positive reddirtretiree On Mar 21, 2010, reddirtretiree from Norman, OK wrote:

Only a migrant through OK. Shy, usually solitary and hard to spot. But approachable once you find one. They have big brown eyes and that bill is unmistakable.

Neutral audsrz On Jan 5, 2011, audsrz from Traverse City, MI
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Most easily spotted during the spring coutship, the snipe prefers marshland nesting grounds. The male will be somewhat conspicuous with it's courtship song and dance. Diving headfirst above the marshland, the male sings an eerie hollow woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woo.

Positive CharlysGardenPl On Apr 27, 2013, CharlysGardenPl from Ferndale, WA
(Zone 8a) wrote:

A beautiful evening voice, but so difficult to see because of the time the song starts - very little light left after sunset. I had to ask if someone knew the call and the flying time even to start looking for who was "talking" in the evening sky, darting back and forth over our trees and fields with the Oooh-Oooh-Ooh call - it is good to hear a night bird when sitting in the yard in the evening after the daytime songbirds have gone to bed.

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