Ijams American woodcock searchers and soup-eaters enjoyed Peg's belly-warming soup last Saturday evening and then completed their quest, finding the elusive squat, upland shorebirds known as woodcocks a.k.a. timberdoodles just before darkness fell.
American woodcocks are migrating through the county on their way to their breeding grounds to the north. A few nest in East Tennessee, we are at the southern edge of their range.
Superbly camouflaged, indeed. And finding them in the twilight is always a challenge, but this is an annual pre-spring ritual at the nature center.