For the last couple of days I've noticed one or two on the field along Dover Road, and today a further eight flew over, when I was looking towards Hogsbush from Collingwood Road.
As the grass thawed a little, well it did warm to about 1 deg C this afternoon, I noticed a few Rabbits venturing out to feed.
I imagine that probing the ground must be difficult at the moment. Although the bill looks solid, the tip it is flexible and has a lot of sensitive nerves at the tip to help it find its food. The last thing a Snipe would want to do is damage the bill by trying to poke it into concrete like soil. A few Grey Partridges were calling as I watched the Snipe, but they hurried by without waiting for a photo-call.
On the way back I took a look at the Undercliff area at Kingsdown and re-connected with the male Black Redstart for the first time in 2009. It was on the fence as I arrived, but dropped down to feed and didn't reappear. There was also a Ringed Plover on the beach here, a bird I haven't seen at this site before.