Monday, 14 March 2016


Jack snipe are fantastic birds. A few moons ago we were back monitoring the jack snipe on our friends bird-friendly farm. Arriving in the autumn, jack snipe move on westwards before returning in Spring to stage on their way back east to the wild, marshy lands of Russia. In between times, where do they all go to?

As masters of disguise jack snipe are known for sitting incredibly tight so you have to look very carefully where you place your feet. There was on hiding beside a little tussock of grass at the water's edge and a second in an area of mud and soft rush, the mud dotted with lots of little 'needle' feeding marks. We ringed these two 'new' birds, and whilst they were in the hand as we took biometrics you could see how specialized the bill is - truly amazing