Snipe (Common Snipe) Gallinago gallinago

As a breeding bird this species has suffered a massive decline over the last few decades - the once familiar drumming display is now only heard from a handful of sites in Norfolk. At other times of the year the species remains common and widespread in the county, though in smaller numbers than previously.

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Snipe, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 14th August 2005

 

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Snipe, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 20th September 2004

 

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Snipe, Thornham (Norfolk, UK), 4th February 2009

 

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Snipe, Rawhall Gravel Pits (Norfolk, UK), 31st March 2013

 

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Snipe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 5th November 2011

 

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Snipe, Thornham (Norfolk, UK), 4th February 2009

 

Snipe, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 18th September 2003

 

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Snipes, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 18th September 2003

 

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Snipe, Kelling (Norfolk, UK), 27th September 2003

 

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Snipe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 2nd August 2004

 

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Snipes, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 9th February 2008

 

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Snipes, Wells (Norfolk, UK), 4th December 2010

 

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Snipe, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 18th October 2003

 

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Snipes, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 9th November 2013

 

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Snipe, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 13th February 2016

 

Snipe, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 27th October 2015

 

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Snipe, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 13th February 2016

 

Snipe, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 13th October 2007

 

Snipe, probably of the race faeroensis, Porthgwarra (Cornwall, UK), 23rd November 2013 - found when flushed from heather this bird appeared significantly heavier than nominate gallinago, but called like a Common Snipe; the deep sagging belly is apparent even in these poor photos taken as it flew off

 

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Snipe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 1st November 2008

 

Snipe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 1st September 2007

 

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Snipe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 1st November 2004

 

Snipe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 31st March 2007

 

Snipe, Kelling (Norfolk, UK), 21st March 2009

 

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Snipe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 23rd October 2009

 

Snipe, Granelli (Sicily, Italy), 28th April 2012

 

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Snipe, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 5th October 2013