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.

American woodcock

American woodcock

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…


3 Responses to “Timberdoodle”

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook Says:

    That bird in the hand looks bigger than I expected. And his feet are so much bigger too.

  2. KGMom Says:

    What an incredibly long beak.

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