Karen Scheuermann, Tehama Wild Care, Tehama County, CA
> How the male common snipe 'flies the flag' to get the girl
> A new study -- using high speed video and feathers bought on eBay -- shows
> that when the male snipe sticks out his outer tail feathers, they flutter
> like flags in the wind, producing a highly seductive drumming sound. The
> winged Lothario also dives to increase the speed and therefore raise the
> pitch of the call in a bid to impress the female of the species.