One of the first birds I learned as a kid was the American woodcock – sadly because my father, uncles and older brothers were hunters, and I would see the dead woodcocks lined up with the pheasants, grouse and rabbits. Ah well, those days are long gone….
I think I was also drawn to this little bird because of one of its folk names – timberdoodle. Who came up with that, I have no idea. But it does have a certain ring to it.
It was a pleasant surprise to receive an email from Cailin, letting me know that the ‘little star of the day’ at RRBO yesterday was an American woodcock.
This is a new species for banding at RRBO, bringing the total species banded just this spring to 57.
We had one other new species this year – hairy woodpecker. We used to band quite a few of these at the original RRBO years ago, but haven’t seen any on the grounds for a very long time. A bit encouraging…