Tank and Glenn witnessed this Jack Snipe having a fatal mid-air collision with a Herring Gull. First time I've fully appreciated that Jacks have a white trailing edge to the secondaries.
With such a rare opportunity I thought I would have a go at preparing a skin. I followed Proctor and Lynch Manual of Ornithology and also used the BTO guide 17 to try and age it
T2-3 are pointed indicating a first-winter bird
However the undertail coverts look better for an adult. Not sure if there's been an update on ageing Jacks but according to my BTO guide, it's a very difficult species to age based on incomplete research.
Got all the gear out
And here is my rather dodgy skin- currently drying. I've missed out the pics of removing the viscera as its quite gruesome. I also didn't have any sowing stuff or surgical cotton so I had to improvise with kitchen tissue and a staple gun!
I rustled up the viscera in an artichoke and mushroom dish topped with red currant sauce