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Jack Snipe or Snipe? Lunt UK (last week)

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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 19:18   #1
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Jack Snipe or Snipe? Lunt UK (last week)

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Is this a Snipe or a Jack Snipe?

I ask because the RSPB website says that These birds usually arrive in the UK between September and November, leaving again in February and March and I photographed this one last week.

Also, when I noticed this little guy - and he was little - he crouched down and didn't move one inch, but as soon as I looked away at a flock of Canada Geese he was gone!

Any help always appreciated thanks
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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 19:32   #3
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Doggone it! Ha ha - thanks birdboy

Thought I'd finally spotted a Jack.
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I always thought Jack Snipe is not found in UK until winter anyway: mind you I'm not an expert.
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I always thought Jack Snipe is not found in UK until winter anyway: mind you I'm not an expert.
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I ask because the RSPB website says that These birds usually arrive in the UK between September and November, leaving again in February and March and I photographed this one last week.
..so just thought I may have caught an early bird with September so close
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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 11:47   #6
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Oh sorry I overlooked that.
It's good to know that .
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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 12:12   #7
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This date alone is a good pointer; also, compare bill length and head/upperpart patterns. Also, Jack is much less frequently seen in open situations such as in your image.

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This date alone is a good pointer; also, compare bill length and head/upperpart patterns. Also, Jack is much less frequently seen in open situations such as in your image.

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It also has a characteristic 'bounce'.
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...and may I add, that's one of those birds that often confuse until the real thing is seen - then its usually a case of no doubt straight away (and they're real little darlings).
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Thanks for your input RB, Andy and Simon - all good to know

I deffo have a 'thing' for Snipe - such a characterful bird, but my girl doesn't like them and thinks they're odd ha ha
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- such a characterful bird, but my girl doesn't like them and thinks they're odd ha ha
convincing ladies to like snipe is a real man's job
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