July 16, 2015

A walk in the woods

Came across an American Woodcock on a forest trail earlier today.
Strange looking creature, even odder when it walks.

Scolopax minor

Young woodcocks leave the nest a few hours after hatching, but for their first week they depend on their mother for food. They start to probe in dirt at three or four days after hatching.

The woodcock is also known as the timberdoodle, Labrador twister, night partridge, and bog sucker.

The oldest American Woodcock on record was 11 years, 4 months old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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