It may be called the Common Snipe, but this is a difficult bird to find, and it’s even more difficult to see well. Usually the only view you get is the zigzagging blur of a spooked bird flying off to safety. They frequent the park in fall and spring, normally skulking around in wet, overgrown grassy areas. When a snipe sees you approaching, it will flatten down like this bird, and blend into the vegetation. If you get too close it will explode into the air with a sharp two syllable call and generally vanish.
November 15, 2002