A post from The Raptor
On the marsh land opposite The Raptor's
abode, in the gloaming of the evening comes the eerie sound from the sky of a
strange elusive creature not to been seen by the human eye! What is this
strange creature that has us all staring up into the darkening skies and pointing
at, well, nothing? It is the ever elusive snipe (common). They like the
damp marshy ground for building a nest made by the male. It also helps to keep them
hidden until one suddenly flushes up from what seems to be right
under your next step, and off they go darting in zig-zag away into the distance.
This bird lives here all year and we have a good population of them.
They are sometimes confused with the woodcock, which although here all year is
more a winter bird. One evening I managed to catch a pair of these
elusive birds in flight, both of hem displaying with high flights then dropping
and creating that eerie sound, which comes from two hard outer tail feathers rubbing
together to create the 'drumming.' I thought only the male drummed but
the female does it too. So the next time you are out near the low
lying marshy areas have a listen for the eerie sounds that seem to be coming
out of the sky.