There have been over ninety counted at Rye Meads in the last week.
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over 90!? that is quite something, I assume? to me anyway... nice pic.
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When I was there yesterday there were about forty, but I don't doubt the ninety count - I spoke to several people who'd seen them.
... I've been excited at double figures. Not doubting you, just interesting
... ourselves lucky if we get half a dozen at the London Wetland Centre. Great sight.
...I'd have said the same, Ray. And they were, out in the open, all over the place. Normally they lurk where their camouflage works perfectly, and you can't see them. I still remember the first one I didn't see. "There it is, over there", I was told. Still couldn't see it.
It's not too difficult to get large counts of snipe if you have enough people watching, the key words in Simon's comment are 'lurk' and 'camouflage'!
A few years back I had a group of students sat in every one of the hides at Blacktoft Sands and between us we saw a similar number at high tide in the one hour of watching - even after taking account of movement between pools.
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