The cold weather had brought at least one Jack Snipe back to the warmer climes of Lemsford so time for a quick visit. Incredibly, not one but three birds were showing well on and off. A big thanks to the Warden Barry for sharing his extensive knowledge and great to meet Henry Wyn-Jones on his first visit to this special reserve. Before the Jack Snipe though, there were at least 12 Green Sandpipers with some minor skirmishes taking place.
I also can't resist the odd picture of the Little Egrets which feed in the meadow and commute to the Springs.
A couple of Wrens were active in front of the hide, allowing a couple of shots including one with one of the Grey Wagtails.
There were also a number of Common Snipe present, again attracted by the fact that the water never freezes and the plentiful food supplies.
On one of the small islands of cut vegetation one of the Jack Snipe happily posed with Common Snipe to really show the size difference, including bill length and the subtle plumage differences.
And now for a few shots of the Jack Snipe on their own.
And one more just to show that comparison.
I even remembered to take a bit of video showing the characteristic bobbing motion.
A fantastic couple of hours with amazing views!