Here we have a twist in the tale, as at last, this bird is obviously not a warbler, pipit or lark. The very long narrow straight bill immediately points to this being a wader, a conclusion only enhanced by the long pointed wings. In this case the bill is so long, the bird can only be a snipe, Woodcock, godwit or one of the rare dowitchers. But this bird is very well marked with streaks and stripes, with a dark rump, so godwits and dowitchers can be dismissed. A key feature lacking in Woodcock and Jack Snipe is at the tail. The two outermost feathers are uniquely spread from the rest of the tail. Passing air causes these feathers to resonate to produce the renowned drumming of the Snipe.
KEY FEATURES Very long, straight bill, unmistakably a wader Long pointed wings also point to wader Heavily and boldly streaked with pale back lines Diagnostic spread outer tail feathers