18th October 2016

Jack Snipe- Usually secretive birds, the smallest of the Snipe family, these newly arrived migrant Jack Snipe were, unusuall,y feeding for hours in the open near a hide at Kilnsea, Spurn Point. Apparently, keen twitchers describe such unusually visible  behaviour as being ‘very confiding’!  They ‘bounce’ -continuously- as they feed. Beautiful to watch and superbly camouflaged, they have distinctive cream and deep greenish-blue metallic stripes down their backs. You may be lucky and get glimpses more locally at places like Old Moor. Conditions: Showers and sun. Temperature: Max 10- Min 7c.

Jack Snipe- size comparison- you can just see the head of a young Coot in shot

Jack Snipe- size comparison- you can just see the head of a young Coot in shot

Jack Snipe feed on seeds, plants and small organisms in the water

Jack Snipe feed on seeds, plants and small organisms in the water

Jack Snipe

Jack Snipe

The colourful stripes down a Jack Snipe's back

The colourful stripes down a Jack Snipe’s back