Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata)
Wilson's snipes are usually quite common on the Carden Alvar northeast of where I live. The alvar is a wet, grassy place in spring, although quite dry in summer.
Last time we visited the alvar, we could hear them but they were otherwise elusive until late afternoon when one suddenly flew out of a ditch, circled in the air above and then landed on this post.
On another post, this one looks a bit wind blown
Notice this one's very long beak. It's used to probe muddy areas for small invertebrates. The Wilson's snipe's beak is flexible. The tips can be opened and closed without moving the beak at its base.
Here's an interesting fact: the femlae lays four eggs. The male takes the first two that hatch to raise them. The female raises the second two.
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