Thursday, February 5, 2009


Woodcocks (Scolopax minor), cryptic, stocky woodland birds with long pointed bills made for picking out small invertebrates, are out and about this February. This time of year, they can be found in open wooded areas (e.g., Mason Farm, Butner Game Lands near the end of Brick House Road) making a scene with their whimsical mating displays. Male woodcocks will fly high into the air and spiral back down to earth, making a soft twittering sound as they descend, in order to attract females. These displays usually occur at dawn and dusk. A week ago, woodcock displays were occuring around 6:00pm. Good luck!

Note: Please post a comment of when and where you see woodcocks performing their mating ritual this month!

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