Last night we were coming back from a ceilidh. Up at North Beachmore (near Muasdale on the West coast of Kintyre where we live) in the car headlights we saw a bird bobbing about on the track, flying up a little then settling down again.
We later identified it as a jack snipe, normally very secretive, but seemingly out and about in the mild midnight weather.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a common snipe in the garden. We have ponds and swales in our garden, and our neighbour also has a pond, so these areas of standing water must be attracting them.
Jack snipe fly in to Britain around November, so it might have been a recent arrival. The featured image comes from the RSPB website.
What a lovely welcome home!
Thanks for sharing Ed.