American Woodcock feeding in the snow
Few FeederWatchers can count an American Woodcock under their feeders, but Claire Goldthwaite recently shared a few photos of her unusual find. Claire lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, near the northern limits of the woodcock winter range. Following a recent snow, Claire saw this bird digging in the snow and leaf litter where she spreads bird seed.
Soon a turkey strolled into the feeding area. According to Claire, “the turkey noticed the woodcock and got very upset – apparently turkeys hate woodcocks. Who knew? The turkey ran around very agitated and then entered a staring contest with the woodcock. After a short time the woodcock blinked and got chased away.”
The woodcock soon reappeared in a different, turkey-free area.
January 28, 2011 update:
Karl and Judy Lukens of Cape May, New Jersey, recently submitted the following photo of a pair of American Woodcock feeding in the snow. For more information about woodcocks, visit the All About Birds species account.