Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A 2nd experience in terms of seeing these elusive woodcocks, but a 1st in finding one on my own, I was thrilled to see this lil guy doing his mating ritual of bobbing and bowing for his lady, but..I never could locate where she was. What a great dance!
The American Woodcock (Scolopax minor), sometimes referred to as the Timberdoodle is a small chunky shorebird species found primarily in the eastern half of North America. Woodcock spend most of their time on the ground in brushy, young-forest habitats, where the birds' brown, black, and gray plumage provides excellent camouflage.
Because of the male Woodcock's unique, beautiful courtship flights, the bird is welcomed as a harbinger of spring in northern areas.