Was pleased to id a totally unfamiliar bird call while atlassing on Mon. It
was a snipe clacking from the top of a dead snag in the middle of an active
pasture. Judging from the white streaking at the top, the snag is used
frequently as a perch by something. The bird flew to the ground/swale area
into tall grass never to be heard or seen thereafter. That long beak was
just clicking away!
But it got us within range of some begging birds - which turned out to be
Piliated Woodpeckers - in a hole about 20' up in a birch tree just inside
the wood's edge. Of the 5 areas in which I have been surveying during June,
I have not seen nor heard a Pileated - so this was doubly rewarding.