A Jack Snipe had been reported at Lemsford Springs and was showing well. However, a visit on the 11th October was unsuccessful despite waiting around three and a half hours. Three Common Snipe were however present and gave some good views.
Also present was an intriguing Water Rail that had what looked like a foreign ring. Hopefully, if it stays, it may be able to yield some better views to pinpoint its origin.
Undeterred, I returned the following afternoon and the Jack Snipe offered up some great views!
It's the first record at Lemsford in five years and thankfully it seemed to be unfazed by this huge hybrid Mallard!
I even managed to remember to take some video, which shows its classic bobbing action.
My best ever views of this tricky, but beautiful bird.