Wilson's Snipe by Ross Allen
This is a classic spot to see them in the winter months, though typically you would get lucky enough to see only one or perhaps two. Ross was able to capture four in this photo alone while also spotting two more nearby. It sounds to me like we have another example of a species with increased numbers spending the winter here in Connecticut and enjoying the above-average temperatures and ice-free water. It is hard to imagine the Housatonic River is ever frozen in the winter when we have weather patterns such as the current one in place. Feeding must be a breeze for these snipe right now even if the water does get a little too close for comfort at high tide.
Thanks for the shot, Ross! Please feel free to send in your own photos for more information and identification or simply to show us a neat sighting like this one. We may even put it up here in the conservation blog.
Photo © Ross Allen