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The Jack Snipe is difficult to spot

The Jack Snipe  (Lymnocryptes minimus) is a tiny version of the Common Snipe. It is possibly a rare breeding bird in Iceland but breeding has never been confirmed. It is difficult to see the Jack Snipe on the ground, it sits quite still, then crouches low, before exploding into the air and landing usually only a short distance away.  Jack Snipes are annual visitors in Iceland in the wintertime. They can be found where the ground is unfrozen, in and near warm streams and brooks.

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Dvergsnípa – Jack Snipe – Lymnocryptes minimus

This one was in a warm brook near Selfoss, South Iceland, in the middle of January 2015.