News broke of the presence of a Jack Snipe at Rye Meads RSPB reserve today.
Being only 15 miles from home it was an easy decision to jump in the car and head for Rye Meads. Thirty minutes later we are parked up in the car park and heading for the reserve centre.
Greeted by a friendly member of staff and given a map we are soon walking along the reserve path heading for Ashby Hide.
A scan of the surrounding reeds and pools failed to locate the bird, but movement close by within the muddy pools in front of the hide found the bird much closer than I was expecting.
I even managed a few shots of the bird as it emerged from behind the vegetation!
Year list now stands at 258