Known as a Timberdoodle in some areas of the country, the American Woodcock's squat body and large eyes set far back on its head will strike first-time observers as odd. Springtime is the prime time for viewing this unique shorebird as it exhibits an unrivaled mating ritual. While the females gather at the edge of the displaying grounds, males will perform a spectacular sky dance including a distinct wing whistle. The woodcock can initially be difficult to locate in its preferred habitat of wet, wooded areas or the low vegetation of open fields.
Looking for Mr. Woodcock will lead you in the field and demonstrate techniques to pinpoint the woodcock by its distinctive peent call.