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Old October 25, 2011, 02:24 AM   #1
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Salton Sea scouting trip- SNIPE! (Southern California)

My hunting buddy and I drove out to the Salton Sea/Niland area to check out the dove fields for the second dove season opener, and we had a great time. We saw quail, cottontail, ducks, and what I'm pretty sure was a few snipe. The snipe were almost pure white, little skinny legs, and the telling supper long beak. Am I crazy or is there a species of white colored snipe? The internet has not been very helpful so far identifying these birds.
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Old October 25, 2011, 02:51 AM   #2
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if this is what you are see its another type of bird that looks similar and may not be legal as I understand. just my 2 cens.
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Old October 25, 2011, 09:32 AM   #3
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Thank you. That is very similar to the bird I saw. Any idea what their name is?
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Old October 25, 2011, 10:09 AM   #4
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Plover, about 8-10 different species in the U.S.
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Old October 26, 2011, 07:22 AM   #5
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The bird pictured I almost certainly a Willet (nonbreeding male judging by coloration), not a plover or Snipe. Plovers have a much shorter beak. South Carolina has alot of Shore Birds with the "tell tell" long beak and skinny legs.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Willet/id
http://www.neoperceptions.com/fauna/...hore_birds.htm

The snipe you'd want to hunt is the Wilson's Snipe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson%27s_Snipe

Very small winter population in SC, but its possible to see a few.

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/wilsni1?b...=2007&eyr=2011
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/wilsons_snipe/id <<<Range Map
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