Folklore suggests that a snipe hunt is a fool’s errand. But snipe are real birds, if rarely encountered. The term sniper comes from the difficulty hunters of this bird face. It’s well-camouflaged and flies in such an irregular pattern that a clean shot is nearly impossible. I was very lucky to see this Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) on Thanksgiving morning.
And in a flash, he was gone.