Friday 15 March 2024

Jack Snipe

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, SW 3 - We spent the morning on the peninsula walking the Long Pits where at least ten Chiffchaffs were present, across towards the lighthouse and back through the flooded Trapping Area and Desert where the highlight was a Jack Snipe flushed by Ted, a scarce bird this winter. Precious few land birds were noted apart from several each of  Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Skylark and Stonechat, a Sparrowhawk and a Black Redstart on the power station fence. We searched for a reported Wheatear by the war memorial without success, although two were seen later in the day. An hour from the seawatch hide delivered the expected Kittiwakes, auks, Red-throated Divers and Gannets, plus five Harbour Porpoises and a Grey Seal.

                                   Jack Snipe (from the archives) ARC, 2013

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