Latham's snipe (a much livelier fellow in Japan)

To: David Rees <>
Subject: Latham's snipe (a much livelier fellow in Japan)
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2018 03:20:36 +0000
​I think its actually "roding" and according to the Shorter Oxford comes from the verb 'to rode'.​

On 1 March 2018 at 13:58, David Rees <> wrote:
Then there is the related Eurasian Woodcock - where the display which is done, just on dark, is called 'rodding' in the UK

On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 11:52 AM, John Leonard <> wrote:
I have seen this display with the Common Snipe in the UK. It's called 'drumming'.

John Leonard

On 1 Mar 2018, at 9:34 am, helen walker <> wrote:

"Perhaps the most dramatic “songster” of summer is Latham’s Snipe. This extraordinary shorebird spends its winters in southeastern Australia and Tasmania, but breeds here in Hokkaido. Known locally as the “Kaminari-shigi” (or thunderbird!) its dramatic undulating display flight above the marshes involves it climbing high into the sky giving hoarse “tsu-biyaku, tsu-biyaku, tsu-biyaku” calls, then plunging into a steep dive during which its stiff outer tail-feathers vibrate, rattle and drum, thrumming with a strange “gwo-gwo-gwo” sound, before the bird swoops upwards once more calling as it goes."

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