In all the years living on the eastern shore this was my
first sighting of an American Woodcock. I took lots of pictures
but Wilson pulled out his 'big' camera and took
this one. These beautiful little birds are 'hidders' and
are rarely seen ... so I feel blessed having had the
pleasure ... before we move!
The American woodcock (Scolopax minor), sometimes colloquially
found primarily in the eastern half of North America.
Woodcocks spend most of their time on the ground in brushy,
young-forest habitats, where the birds' brown, black,
and gray plumage provides excellent camouflage.
Its many folk names include timberdoodle, bogsucker,
night partridge, brush snipe, hokumpoke, and becasse.
Most woodcock spend the winter in the Gulf Coast
and southeastern Atlantic Coast states. Some may remain as far
north as southern Maryland, eastern Virginia, and southern New Jersey.
The core of the wintering range centers on Louisiana, Mississippi,
results, winter concentrations are highest in the northern half of Alabama.