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Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)

Observed: 6th March 2010 By: wb2246
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Jack Snipe

This little Jack Snipe on the edge of the Grange-over-Sands golfcourse was trying hard to be invisible and almost succeeded.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Head pattern is wrong

Although the bill looks relatively short (but perhaps partially hidden), there is an obvious pale stripe along the centre of the crown - a feature which Jack Snipe lack.
Jack Snipe do show a split yellowish supercilium (the stripe just above the eye), which is lacking in the bird in your photo.
To me this looks like a Common Snipe.

Compare with photos here:
Common Snipe; http://birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?mode=search&sp=57051&rty=0&r=1&o...
Jack Snipe: http://birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?mode=search&sp=57058&rty=0&r=1&o...

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Jack Snipe behaviour

In addition to the observation points raised by Roy, Jack Snipe display a curious "bobbing" behaviour as if on springs - I have studied one at rest for a longish period and it still continually "bobbed"!. Worth looking out for when id'ing snipe. I would say your photo is of a Common Snipe based on the central head stripe.

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Jack Snipe behaviour

This behaviour is often very obvious for Jack Snipe - be wary of relying too much on the behaviour though, Common Snipe also 'bob' occasionally.