Hokumpokes, or Scolopax minor

It’s that time of year again. The shady, leafy understory is potentially loaded with timberdoodles, hokumpokes, bog suckers, worm sabers…. Two may be found hunkered down in the picture above.They do have a lot of names, testifying to their hold on the imagination. One thing’s for certain: American Woodcocks generally see you before you see them. Then they rifle off in low-to-the-ground flight, twittering as they do so. There were an astonishing seven huddled here recently. That particular day, I didn’t run across any others anywhere else in Green-Wood. It was a convocation of Labrador twisters.

5 Responses to “Hokumpokes, or Scolopax minor”


  1. 1 The Goose November 8, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Growing up in the ‘stix’, I often saw snipe, and woodcock. Wonderful little game birds, however I prefer to watch and enjoy than to hunt them.
    I can remember visiting my step-grandmothers house one Thanksgiving, all the ‘city raised’ adults tried to convince me to go on a snipe hunt. I couldn’t for the life of me understand why they wanted me to hunt a snipe at night with a stick and bag… I guess I ruined the prank for them.

  2. 5 Sherry Felix November 9, 2018 at 4:12 am

    I love their funny faces.


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