Hello everyone! Today’s bird is the Wilson’s Snipe, a beautiful sandpiper with a very long bill as you can see in the pic. It has sensors at the end of it’s bill to tell the bird it has found food and it can open the end to pick up and swallow what it has found without bringing it’s bill out of the ground. It can fly at 60 mph (96kph). A relative, the common snipe, lives in Europe and Russia. The Wilson’s snipe breeds throughout Alaska and all through Canada except for some of the northernmost tundra regions. Also breeds in some of the northern states. It winters generally from the southern US to South America. They nest on the ground, the female makes the nest from fine grasses mostly in a well hidden spot. The female lays 2-4 eggs and once the young can fly, the male takes the older 2 and the female the younger 2 for looking after them, the mates don’t stay together after that. They can be found in most any wet area, along lakes and rivers, marshes, ponds, wet fields, swamps and bogs and are one of the most common shorebirds. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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