I've already had two opportunities to see Black-winged Stilts this year, firstly a pair at Bowers Marsh on the 30th March and then a single bird at Vange Marsh on the 1st April. So when news broke of four birds present at Vange again this morning it was an opportunity too good to miss.
A quick trip along the A13 and forty minutes later we are parked up and crossing the railway tracks and heading towards the marsh. There was only a handful of birders present on arrival but importantly two of the Black-winged Stilts were showing extremely well in front of the North bank.
The second pair were later located in the far North Western corner. Several Common Snipe were present along with a single Jack Snipe. The Common Snipe were much more active than the Jack Snipe, but when a pair of Coot came crashing through the reeds the Jack Snipe jumped up and gave great views as it began it's "bouncing" action while feeding.