|American woodcock (Scolopax minor)|
Call it a rite of spring. Ijams' annual Woodcock Walk to locate a male timberdoodle, a.k.a. mud hen, bogsucker, night partridge, hokumpoke, displaying in hopes of attracting the attention of a female.
Hope springs eternal, after all.
In this case, it was 26 muddy-booted humans, hiding in the bushes and tall grasses that saw the show at twilight.
Experts at concealing themselves in grassy locations, American woodcocks are basically chunky woodland shorebirds related to sandpipers that are so well camouflaged, the males would never find the females unless they advertised their whereabouts.
- Stephen Lyn Bales
|Woodcock walkers 2012|