[CT Birds] woodcock mortality

Miley Bull mbull at ctaudubon.org
Thu Mar 22 15:27:07 EDT 2007

Woodcock are apparently dying in considerable numbers across the northeast 
this spring due to a crusted snowpack isolating these early migrants from 
the soil and earthworms below.  We have had calls throughout CT from members 
and wildlife rehabilitators reporting dead and emaciated woodcock in numbers 
I haven't seen in similar past events, and those are only the ones that are 
discovered!  This is not a good sign, considering woodcock are on a 
long-term decline as it is.  Hopefully, the snow will continue to melt 
quickly and larger areas of bare ground will become available by this 

Milan Bull

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