Woodcocks spend most of their time on the ground in brushy, young-forest habitats, where the birds’ brown, black, and gray plumage provides excellent camouflage.

Because of the male woodcock’s unique, beautiful courtship flights, the bird is welcomed as a harbinger of spring in northern areas. It is also a popular game bird, with about 540,000 killed annually by some 133,000 hunters in the U.S.

First Sighting of Year

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5609 Bush River Rd Seven Oaks SC United States
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Boothbay ME United States
Monday, March 13, 2017 Eaton Farm Rd Wiscasset ME United States
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