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fred.e.wright
Mar 4, 2018

Hackworth plantation.

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A quiet hours walk with my dog Oscar proved pretty productive in the fog. Apart from the "normal" we had GSW(m), Tree Creeper, Sparrowhawk (f), a pair of Jays ( they pop down from Bruss wood now and again) and Oscar flushed a Jack Snipe out of the ditch, which promptly dropped back in about 20 yds away. More chance of a lottery win than finding it again. I think it may be the same bird I've seen a couple of times before, but too many places to hide. Ho Hum.

FRED

stevieevans1
Mar 5, 2018

Hey Fred you've got that hound well trained !

Heres a map of the current Jack Snipe sightings this winter (this info is from 16 people, from various sources & not bird club records).

I've added yours as a red cross at the bottom of the map (presuming its the wood next to Hackworth Ind Estate ? or thereabouts...)

The national figure for winter Jack Snipe is said to be one of the least reliable for any British bird.... all the more reason to pay attention to them i'd say....

Finding a flushed bird is often neigh on impossible... they will often scuttle off on landing, running away into cover. But having said that, a careful approach can often reveal the bird squatting down relying on its superb camo to hide.

Cheers.

(if anyone reading would like a suggestion as where to try to search ask away ! - or send me an email stevieevans1@icloud.com)

 

fred.e.wright
Mar 5, 2018

Cheers Steevie. Wish he was trained cos the bit of terrier in him just says "go get" n in he goes. For your records grid ref is NZ 222257 and a hundred yard radius. Unfortunately it dropped into the ditch out of reach so I couldn't get near. Here's a photo of the one that dropped into the road in front of me in 2013 and just sat, less than ten feet from my car. Chance of a lifetime.

 

 

fred.e.wright
Mar 5, 2018

And another.

 

stevieevans1
Mar 7, 2018

ten out of ten there Fred,

I don't suppose you have one from more of a head -on angle ?

fred.e.wright
Mar 7, 2018

Unfortunately no. A few seconds after taking these pics, my neighbour drove down the lane and nearly ran it over n it took off never to be seen again. Here's one through the car window, just to show how close it was.

 

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