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TALKIN WITH DOKKEN: How do snipe make that creepy sound?

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Q. I’ve been hearing a bird this spring, usually near dusk, that makes a kind of creepy, haunting sound. I thought it was a whippoorwill, but when I pointed out the sound last weekend by the campfire, I was corrected and told the bird is actually a Wilson’s snipe. How do the birds produce that sound?


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Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 
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