I had a very odd snipe experience in Oct, 1998. I noticed a "Common Snipe"
(before Wilson's designation) in my suburban Tacoma, WA backyard. It
caught my eye because of the strange and very prominent bobbing up and down
behavior as it probed and walked around in my vegetable garden and yard. I
thought it had a neurological problem;) It was an amazing opportunity
because, for some reason, the bird hung around from about 1pm till dusk
pretty much in full view. I also had several chances to observe the
"freezing for camouflage" position it took when alarmed. Once, when a
sharpie landed on a tree stump, it adopted the angled frozen posture for
almost 10 min. I looked through all my bird guides and couldn't find
anything on the bobbing behavior; so, after a few phone calls, got in touch
with the president of the Washington Ornithological Society. He was quite
interested in my story because he was only familiar with bobbing behavior
in the Jack Snipe. He subsequently sent my crude photos and write up to a
shorebird expert at University of Puget Sound, who also did not know about
bobbing in the Common Snipe but did verify my photos as Common Snipe. Wish
I'd had better technology then. I assume it was a Wilson's. At the time
there had been one documented report of a Jack Snipe in Washington state,
based mostly on bobbing behavior, as the observation was from a distance!
On Sat, Nov 2, 2019 at 1:05 PM linda hodges <hikerhodges...> wrote:
> Interestingly, 7 Wilson's Snipes exhibited the rear-bobbing behavior at
> Clear Spring Ranch (El Paso Cty) a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen that
> before. And yes, they probe while bobbing.
> Linda Hodges
> Colorado Springs
> On Sat, Nov 2, 2019, 12:58 PM 'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds <
> <cobirds...> wrote:
>> While birding at South platte park, a bird that had been identified as a
>> snipe by another Birder was watched. He had the exact gate of the Woodcock
>> with His rump obbing up-and-down continuously. He was going using his beak
>> probe the soil. Do snipes also have this type of walking behavior?
>> We were across the river and I didn’t have my scope. We have pictures
>> on a camera that we need to download to a computer before I can share it.
>> I’ll send a location if anyone feels like this would be a Woodcock
>> instead of a snipe.
>> Deb Carstensen Arapahoe county
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