Bashakill Wilson’s Snipe

Our first Wilson's Snipe along Haven Road.

Our first Wilson’s Snipe along Haven Road.


Karen Miller and I spent the morning birding the Bashakill. It was a cold, windy morning, but was quite productive. While most of the birds we saw today were birds we have been seeing, there were a couple of highlights. On Haven Road I initially found a WILSON’S SNIPE just off the road. As the next several minutes progressed, we found a total of nine Wilson’s. They were quite active and put on a nice show, including some nice photo ops. We called Scott Baldinger and Arlene Borko who both came over to join us. It was pretty neat and we spent nearly an hour there just enjoying seeing them forage. Anyone wanting to see the snipe should check by the bridge, along the channel out to the Beaver Lodge. They spent a lot of time right along the waters edge. The second highlight of the morning were 30 FOX SPARROWS at the Deli Fields. This was a single day high count for us and they were in two groups, one of ten and one of twenty. Duck highlights included Ring-necked, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal. A fun morning.
Two Wilson's Snipe just thirty feet from the bridge on Haven Road along the channel.

Two Wilson’s Snipe just thirty feet from the bridge on Haven Road along the channel.

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2 Responses to Bashakill Wilson’s Snipe

  1. Karen C M says:

    John – Not sure if you noticed that your first picture of the Snipe has two birds in it also. One is in the center of the picture and the other is in the lower right corner, but they are both so darn hard to see. Great camouflage. 😉

  2. You got me Karen! I never saw the second bird in the first photo, and never knew it was there when I was looking at the bird. That is amazing camouflage! Thanks for pointing it out!

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