Woodcock Sunday

Scolopax minorIn the fall, it’s not unheard of to flush an American Woodcock while walking in Green-Wood. They explode out of the leaf litter — the first time it happened to me, I was unknowingly close to the bird, so I was perhaps more startled than it was. Their plumage corresponds wonderfully to leaf litter. They will usually vocalize with a distinct twitter as they fly, which means you may hear them more than see them. And of course, they fly away from you. I heard one yesterday but saw no sign of it. Last week I saw and heard three at a distance; it might very well have been the same bird. This afternoon, someone else flushed this bird, and so it flew closer to us and was visible between two tombstones for a moment or two before it flew off again.Scolopax minorScolopax minor
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4 Responses to “Woodcock Sunday”


  1. 1 Monique October 25, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Wonderfully sweet and mysterious Woodcock.
    Still waiting to see one sitting in the sun, with her big ,curious ,shiny eyes.
    Thank you, Matt

  2. 2 Deb Allen October 26, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Nice work Matthew. You’ve captured all the angles.


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