American Woodcock

 

American Woodcock

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American Woodcock

 

"Camouflage’ is an understatement when describing the coloration of this much sought after game bird.  During the day,  he nestles amongst old leaves and forages for earthworms with his long bill.   At sunset, in the springtime, the male performs an areal upward spiral flight to about 50 feet above ground, all the while "cheeping".   He then "falls " from the sky, continuing the vocalizations and strutting after hitting the ground, hoping to gain the pleasure of a mate. 

This woodcock is "hiding" in a private collection.