Jack snipe in Kintyre

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.

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About edwardtyler

I live in Kintyre, the long peninsula acting as a natural breakwater for the Firth of Clyde, west of Glasgow. A Permaculture and Transition practitioner, I am working with fellow community activists to co-create a resilient and vibrant local bioregion.

One comment

  1. Rachel Bailey

    What a lovely welcome home!
    Thanks for sharing Ed.

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