Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Status at Longham Lakes

Uncommon passage migrant, regular winter visitor.

1. 1 heard in the fog, 31st October 2003.
2. 1 flying north, 16th October 2005.
3. 1 flying north, 12th October 2006.
4. 1 flushed with Lapwings on the Quarry, 20th December 2006.
5. 1 over on 9th October 2007.
6. 1 on 8th October 2008.
7. 2 feeding beside Longham Reservoir North, 27th December 2008.
8. Regular on the site in the early part of 2009, between 9th January and 3rd February, with up to 7 (10th January), probably displaced by freezing weather elsewhere.
9. 1 flushed from the Quarry on 21st and 22nd September 2009.
10. 1 on 31st October 2009 (TT).
11. 2 on 19th December 2009.
12. Regular in the cold snap of January-February 2010. Records included 1 in the car park on 9th January, 3 birds on 10th January, at least 20 birds on 8th and 15-20 on 11th January.
13. 5 on 11th March 2010.
14. 1 on 12th -17th March 2010 and into April (last seen 20th April).
15. 2 on 25th September 2010.
16. 1 on 10th October 2010, 1 on 21st (Ray Gleason), and 1 on 25th (Chris Parnell).
17. 2 on 25th November, then 1 on 1st, 10 on 2nd December 2010 and 9 on 8th December 2010. 2 on 19th December 2010 (WEBS).
18. 1 on the island in Longham Reservoir South on 19th and 20th January 2011.
19. 12 or so flushed from the West Fields, 2nd March 2011, with 7 on 9th.
20. 1 flushed on 17th July 2011 (Trevor Thorpe, Rob Trundle).
21. 1 on 8th and 1 on 14th August 2011 (WEBS).
22. 1 on 3rd February 2011 (Derek and Kay Ball).
23. 14 on 16th January 2012 (WEBS).
24. 4 flushed on 11th February 2012 (Chris Parnell) and 10 on 12th (WEBS).
25. 1 on 11th March 2012 (WEBS).
26. 2 on 14th October 2012 (WEBS).
27. 4 on the island on LR South, 1st December 2012.

2013: 1 on 10th March (WEBS) and on 11th (DC), 1 on 24th March, 1 on 25th March, 1 on 1st April, 4 on 3rd April, 4 on 11th April, 1 on 19th November.
2014: 1 on 19th January (WEBS), 3 on 7th February, 2 on March 12th (OWLS), 5 on 16th March, 1 on 18th March, then 13 on the West Fields on 31st March (DC), then 3 on 3rd April. 1 on 15th September. 2 on 24th November (Robin Trundle). 8 flushed from the West Fields on 28th November (DC).
2015: 8 on 3rd February and 1 on 8th; then 15 flushed from the West Fields roost on 17th February and 9 on 20th March (DC).
2016: 1 on 29th January; 3 on 11th February; 26 flushed from the West Fields on 4th February; 1 on 20th February; 3 on 8th April; 3 on 15th May; 1 on 23rd September; 3 on 8th October; 2 on 21st October; 3 on 29th October; 2 on 6th November; 7 on 1st December.

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