Pennsylvania Game News - January 2017 - 55

By Marcia Bonta

NOT JUST ANOTHER

Snipe Hunt
O

N A COLD DAY in late January,
my husband Bruce, son Mark, and
I set out from nearby Sinking Valley on
our annual Winter Raptor Survey.
Although a substantial snow had fallen
the previous day, the roads all had been
plowed, and Bruce had no trouble driving
our usual 35-mile route.
We counted only three red-tailed
hawks, three northern harriers and two
American kestrels.
But when we stopped at the Little
Country Store for groceries, we
heard killdeer calling from across
the road.
Two killdeer and 13 mallards waded in a tiny
stream bisecting a
snow-covered field
on an Amish farm.
And to my surprise, they were
alongside four Wilson's snipes, which
were probing in the
mud beneath an inch
or so of flowing water,
their long bills stitching like sewing-machine
needles.
While I often see
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American woodcock, I had never seen a
Wilson's snipe.
We walked across the road for a closer
look at the short, stocky shorebirds, which
were studies in brown and beige with
three white stripes on their dark brown
and gray backs, heads striped white and
dark brown, beige-spotted breasts and
white bellies.
One snipe tried to hide behind a rock
when it noticed us, but half its head
and long bill stuck out, reminding
me of a child unsuccessfully
playing hide-and-seek.
Mark was hoping the
snipe would fly so we
could see their
rapid zigzag
flight and hear
their rasping
scaipe calls.
But on that cold
winter day, they were
too busy probing in
the mud for worms and
other small invertebrates. Their
large eyes, set far back on their heads,
allowed them to watch us even while
they foraged.
Seeing Wilson's snipe at that
time of year in central Pennsylvania
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