Fellow birders, I have been meaning to tell you about my Snipe sighting.  As you know, the little stream that runs out of the fish hatchery here in Salisbury stays open all winter and it is not unusual for a Kingfisher or Great Blue Heron to overwinter along it.  On the warm day (Thursday, Feb. 17) I walked down to the stream after lunch and flushed a Wilson’s Snipe from the stream west of Smead Road.  I have never seen a Snipe in the winter.  We did get one at least once on the X-mas bird count but that was very unusual.  I don’t know if this bird returned early or has overwintered here.

Made my day, along with the 53 degree temperatures.

James S. Andrews
Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project