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By Sigrid Olson

No Fallacies on Potomac Snipes


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A Wilson's Snipe perched on a fence in Potomac this spring.

POTOMAC - Like clockwork from May to June, small brownish birds with long legs and long beaks are seen on fence posts and in wet grasses near water around Potomac. The 'snipe hunt' has been told as a fool's errand by pranking people. It has also been spoken of in Native American legends and portrayed as a colorful bird in the movie 'Up' as well as mentioned in an autobiographical children's novel.

The local Wilson's Snipe is a type of sandpiper bird in the family Scolopacidae. It is a species of wading bird and despite the mythical history, it does exist throughout the Blackfoot Watershed....

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