Woodcock Moon

According to a tweet from a British wildlife trust, November’s first full moon is known as a Woodcock Moon because it “coincides with an influx of these nocturnal woodlanders.” Well, yesterday, on this side of the Atlantic, following Friday night’s full moon, Green-Wood Cemetery was positively timberdoodle-riffic. I counted, conservatively, twenty-eight of the buffy orange-bellied leaf-cammo commandos rocketing from the ground as I blundered about. I’ve never seen more, not even during the Great Woodcock Storm of last March.

4 Responses to “Woodcock Moon”

  1. 1 Peggy Herron November 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    We got 5 ingured woodcocks in yesterday at the Wild Bird Fund .

    • 2 mthew November 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Damn, when it’s like a cloud of timberdoodles passing through, with too many, in their low, hurtling flight, smashing into so-called civilization …

  2. 3 brendafromflatbush November 5, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Gorgeous photo.

    • 4 mthew November 5, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Twenty-eight birds and most skedaddled off into the distance with a whistle; this was the only one I actually got the camera on. They are so good at blending into the leaves on the ground this time of year.

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