Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
There have been occurrences in most months of the year, with the largest counts so far being in March (37 on 29th March 2012), when there are presumably some migrants passing through. Breeding behaviour was observed in the spring of 2011, but there was no repeat in 2012.
The peak monthly counts were as follows.
The raising of water levels in late January made North Screed particularly attractive to this species and the species was seen on most visits between 1st February and 2nd April. The peak of 37 on 29th March doubtless involved some migrants heading for breeding grounds elsewhere. No further sightings until 28th April when eight were present with one remaining on 30th. There was no behaviour suggestive of breeding this year although one was present on North Screed on 4th and 6th June. A minor influx of autumn migrants took place in early August when 10 were on the scrapes on 1st and six still present the next day. Subsequent records involved just one on 27th September and two on 10th October. The lack of sightings in November and December when conditions for this species looked excellent is rather surprising.