Curse of the Jack Snipe !!!!
I started to catch up on a few jobs and needed to pop down to Huétor Tajar for some bits, whilst I was at the builders yard on the edge of town I could hear a couple of Great Spotted Cuckoo's (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) calling from the trees at the back of the yard. On my way back home I had a very slow drive along side the irrigation channel where Juan Pérez Contreras, Steve Powell and I had seen the Jack Snipe (Agachadiza Chica / Lymnocriptes minimus) on several occasions over the last few weeks. A as I had not got my bins or the camera you could almost guarantee that the dam thing would be there and it was, sat right out in the open showing beautifully. It was great to sit and watch this uncommon bird but as soon as I could drag myself away I shot home and got the camera and returned as quickly as I could. I arrived back just after a young lady had walked along the edge of the ditch with loud music playing from her mobile phone so I was not optimistic and my fears were right as I could not find the bird. To make things worse as I approached the spot a small Crake species, either Little or Baillon's disappeared into a large clump of reeds and did not reappear. The bird was far more patient or just had less jobs to catch up with than I did and remained hidden.After a short while I made my way home seeing Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) on the way.
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