Today I returned to Catherton Common on the lower slopes of the Clee Hills in Shropshire. I decided to start today's visit by walking around the boggy pools at the NE side of the common but before I had even walked a few paces toward the pools 5 Common Snipe flew up.
When flushed, Common Snipe behave in a totally different way to Jack Snipe (see 24th October post). Common Snipe will fly up as soon as the see you (which can be some distance away, they fly in quite a zigzag fashion and tend to fly off as opposed to dropping back down a short(ish) distance away. They also tend to make quite a harsh scrapping 'chack' call as they take off.
As I continued my walk around the Common I checked out a number of the pools but to no avail, not a single Jack Snipe on this visit. That said I did note 4 Stonechat (2♂, 2♀), 3 Raven, 1 Common Buzzard and a
Other wildlife highlights encountered at Catherton included 2 Brown Hares that were cavorting around and a single Peacock butterfly that was making the most of the Autumn sunshine.
View from Catherton Common towards Titterstone Clee Hill
Snipe Pools - Catherton Common
Common Snipe (from the archives)