Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Snipe - Mojave Desert, CA
© Tom Benson
Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Snipe - Mojave Desert, CA
© Tom Benson

The Wilson's Snipe is a casual visitor to campus: one was present in the ponds north of Badger Hill 14 Nov 2011-10 Jan 2012, and another was seen 19 Oct-25 Nov 2012. It is an uncommon migrant and wintering bird in wetlands throughout southern California, and a rare breeder in the San Jacinto Mountains.

The Wilson's Snipe can be identified by its plump-bodied, no-necked appearance, and long, straight bill. It is well-camouflaged with its streaked head and upperparts and barred underparts in brown, black, tan, and white.


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