This smaller, and in my opinion more handsome, relative of the Common Snipe seems undeterred from the dogs and general public moving along the road a mere 3-4 metres away! If it is not feeding out in the open then it can be found standing against the reeds at the back of the pond.
This morning 'Jack' gave excellent views whilst feeding, characteristically bobbing up and down almost continuously. The bold reed coloured markings on its back and head really stood out when the sky brightened up a little, almost appearing to glow!
Also seen was a female Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Rails - with one bird appearing to not like the new face feeding in the pond, and a few times was seen approaching and flushing the snipe out into the open - and a Little Egret was around the stream area. Non-pond birds noted were Goldcrests, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, and 1 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker.