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Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
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Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

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A medium sized, shy, skulking wader readily identified by its squat body and very long bill. It is a resident, widespread breeding bird which is much more readily seen on northern uplands than southern downlands. Snipe nest on the ground in thick vegetation on wet moors or pasture where there is easy access to soft ground and small shallow pools. Their diet consists of small invertebrates, including worms and insect larvae.

During the breeding season snipe are best looked for on moorland, especially on early spring mornings when males can be heard giving their 'drumming' or 'bleating' display. In winter, look patiently around the edges of pools in well-vegetated wetlands.

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