[CT Birds] woodcocks

James Taylor jtaylor274 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 10:46:34 EDT 2015

Funny, just as i read this in the parking lot of the BeechForest in
Provincetown i noticed a woodcock doing its funky walk in a swampy/brushy
area right in front of me. :-)

James Taylor
Boston and formerly Coventry
On Mar 28, 2015 10:15 AM, "Glenn Williams via CTBirds" <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> To add to Greg's comments on woodcocks, they really can be anywhere this
> time of year.  My neighborhood is on a hill, dry, and with no woodcock
> habitat, though there are some small open areas and woods bordering typical
> suburban yards.  Despite this, woodcocks display annually in my
> neighborhood.  One was doing just that last night down the street.  I have
> also seen one flying down the highway, barely above truck height, like it
> was following a GPS.
> If you happen to be out at dusk looking and listening for woodcocks in
> your yard or elsewhere, be aware that that woodcock you see flying by could
> be a saw-whet owl.  They look very similar in flight and migrate at about
> the same times of year.  At Norman Smith's excellent presentation at the
> COA annual meeting last week, he specifically mentioned how common
> saw-whets are in migration, and, like woodcocks, are found in atypical
> habitat at these times.  Come to think of it, most bird species can be
> found in strange places during migration.  My favorite was the Virginia
> Rail in a convenience store in Boston a number of years ago.
> Glenn WilliamsMystic
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