Common Snipe

Gallinago gallinago

The most common snipe in the Pribilofs, this species is found more reliably in the spring than during the fall. It can be found in quite large numbers at times, though it is usually seen in small numbers and is found most commonly from May 20th-25th, but still found regularly from May 15th through to June 5th. Summer records are quite rare and include single-day records as well as long-staying individuals (no nesting behavior has yet been noted) with arrivals noted across the season as well as individuals remaining from the spring migration. It is more commonly reported in the fall than Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicate), with the earliest arrivals in mid-August and regular records throughout the month of September and into October, though no known peak in migration seems evident. It has never been recorded later than mid-October though this is likely due to observer bias rather than the actual occurrence of this species in the Pribilofs.

This species along with Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicate) were once considered conspecific, known confusingly as Common Snipe. As a result, records prior to the split in 2003 may not always be accurate to species.

Photo by Tom Johnson
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