Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Pity the Poor Woodcock

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Photo by Face from Slate Run Metro Park in Ohio.

Oh it's such a bummer for our woodcock tonight. We're getting that snowstorm that pig-piled on top of the Midwest (though not nearly the accumulation) and I'm worried about our woodcock. Imagine if you had to make your living by probing for earthworms in the wet soil of a meadow or woodland. Then add an inch or two of snow on top of that. Bumola.
The view tonight out our downstairs windows, toward where the turkeys will be feeding tomorrow morning.
Sad night for woodcock. Good night for earthworms.

Our recently returned turkey flock is feeling its oats and eating lots of cracked corn. A couple of years ago, we actually got video footage of a gobbler treading upon, then mounting a hen. Gotta love that farmyard porn--we made millions on the Web from that video, "Gobblers Gone Wild!"
Let the wild corn-fed rumpus begin!


On March 21, 2006 at 11:33 PM oa said...

Hm. . . Had to get up from the computer, turn on more light and rummage for the Audubon Field Guides. Have been reading your comments, along with others, about the woodcocks, but could not wrap my brain around that info. Books indicate that I have probably not seen/heard them as I live west of their range. But "just" west, so who knows? Maybe one will stray my way. Am enjoying your blog.

On March 24, 2006 at 10:36 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Dear OA: Woodcock are very adaptable creatures, so who knows. But you should get thee to a display ground. The male's courtship is not to be missed!