The morning started off really well with 3 Common Snipes flushed at Caldene Fields. Also there were 2 male Coal Tits who were calling and singing at some distance to each other possibly in the very early stages of claiming territories. At Toad Holes Beck there was a 1st winter Mute Swan and a good number of calling Bullfinches.
I then went to the middle pond to try and relocate the Water Rail with no joy but then I noticed no water birds were on the pond at all. On closer inspection and I found a reddish liquid seeping into the pond and all the nearby vegetation was dead of dying and this was one of the feeding places of the Water Rail.
I have reported this pollution from a local company to the Environment Agency in the hope one it stops and two the company is fined as this is not the first time this has happened.
So what of the Jack Snipe… FAILED