Sunday, September 30, 2007
This is not so much a pond these days, as a grassy mud hole. (This is actually more water than it held a month ago.)
But not everybody thinks this is a bad thing. Look who popped in - a Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata).1
If the previous picture is the heads-down position, this must be half-mast. And the following is...
Up periscope! Almost looks like a different bird.
I love the way the stripes continue from the head all the way down the back.
He tends to sink in the mud a bit, so you're not always aware...
of the big feet.
He was quite content to have us stare from an open position across the pond. He wasn't shy or wary at all. We didn't try getting any closer though - we're hoping he'll stick around a while.
1 I didn't realize until I went to look up the latin name just now, that this bird's name had been changed. The species formerly called the Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) has been split, and the one here in the Americas got a new name.