American woodcock

 Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 21, 2021.

Spotted  an adult crossing the road with four chicks. I had never seen chicks before.

Raced home, grabbed my camera and ran off about 300 images.

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.

Chicks grow very rapidly on a diet of earthworms and insects. By the time they are four weeks old, it is difficult to distinguish the chicks from adults. 


Christy said…
So exciting! Thank you for sharing Ric

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