[Mystery bird] Wilson’s Snipe, Gallinago delicata, remains were found under a spruce stand adjacent to an open spring-fed pond in the mountains near Canmore, Alberta, Canada (about an hour west of Calgary). [ short of microscopic examination of these feathers or DNA analysis, this bird will probably never be definitively identified, sorry]
Image: Marcel Gahbauer, 20 December 2008 [larger view].
Scanned, not photographed.
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
The story behind [this picture] is that I found these feathers below a tree during one of this year’s Christmas Bird Counts, but it was so cold my camera wouldn’t work, so I collected a sample and scanned them at home … but still haven’t been able to figure out what they came from. I suspect it’s probably too “out there” for what you want, but just in case, I’ll attach the image – it certainly would be great to receive some expert input on it!