Wilson’s Snipe Images and Information:
- Wilson’s Snipes are medium sized, stocky shorebirds with rounded heads, long bills, short legs and brown to buff plumage with intricate patterns. They have three buffy stripes running down their backs.
- Wilson’s Snipes are migratory although in some locations of the Northwest they are year round residents.
- Wilson’s Snipes preferred habitat includes marshes, bogs, swamps, wet meadows, fens and along rivers and ponds with short vegetation they can hide in.
- Wilson’s Snipes eat insect larvae, crickets, grasshoppers, ants, mayflies, caddis flies, worms, crustaceans and snails.
- Wilson’s Snipes lay 2 to 4 eggs which hatch in 18 to 20 days. The female incubates. When the young fledge the male take some of the fledgling, the female takes the rest and the two don’t see each other again.
- A group of snipes can be called a “leash”, “whisper”, or “winnowing” of snipes.
- The oldest known Wilson’s Snipe was just over 9 years of age.