Woodcock Fall

A Group of Woodcocks (aka Timberdoodle) is called a Fall. New York City just experienced a massive fallout of a huge Fall of Woodcocks after the snow storm. The last couple of days were great days for birders. I saw more Woodcock yesterday in Central Park than I have ever seen in my entire life, 11 of perhaps hundreds. I also saw a Wilson’s Snipe. It isn’t so good for the Woodcocks. The poor Woodcocks were not expecting a snow storm to get in the way of their migration: Many have died hitting buildings; hawks and falcons are dining on them; and cold is also a problem. They have been seen huddled together, probably to stay warm. Normally I rarely see any because they are so well camouflaged. They sure stand out against the snow. In Central Park they are hanging out by streams looking for food. I hope they survive and continue north to breed soon.

If you find an injured Woodcock put it in a paper bag and get it to a bird rehabilitator, like the Wild Bird Fund in NYC. See what to do with an injured bird. Their beaks are delicate and they need to be in something soft like a bag. More about Woodcocks at Cornell.

An Early Bird Gets Caught in the Snowstorm, New York Times March 17, 2017

Also see American Woodcock Event in Central Park March 15 – 17, 2017 by Anders Peltomaa. I created and maintain the Linnaean Society of NY’s website.

American Woodcock, Central Park 7/16/2017
American Woodcock, Central Park 7/16/2017

Woodcock in a stream in Central Park

Against snow

The Wilson’s Snipe

31 thoughts on “Woodcock Fall

  1. plaidcamper 2017-03-24 / 6:26 pm

    I loved the information and stories, and these are beautiful birds. They lead tough little lives…

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  2. BeckyB 2017-03-23 / 4:56 am

    oh wow what stunning pictures but so sad to hear about the impact of the snowstorm on them. Hope those that survived are doing ok now.


  3. Eliza Waters 2017-03-21 / 11:10 am

    These poor things. I do worry for them. And more cold on the way. (Sigh) winter seems to just hang on this year.


    • Sherry Felix 2017-03-21 / 11:14 am

      I heard that batch has moved on except for a couple of stragglers. My husband an I worry too 🙂


  4. Khürt Williams 2017-03-20 / 8:41 am

    I had never heard of the woodcock until the local conservation society organized a field trip. The field trip was cancelled due to winter storm Stella but I had fun researching this odd looking bird.


    • Sherry Felix 2017-03-20 / 9:13 am

      Glad you like it. My husband, Marc, loves Woodcocks. One of the sounds they make is called a peent.


      • derrickjknight 2017-03-18 / 7:45 am

        Thanks, Sherry. As Mordred I once set an advanced cryptic crossword called ‘An Assembly’. Where the answer led to a single creature the collective name had to be entered, and vice versa. Solvers weren’t told that.They had to work it out. 🙂

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  5. restlessjo 2017-03-17 / 5:19 pm

    Poor little chaps! Your photos are lovely. I thought the weather front was supposed to be heading our way but I’m hoping not. 🙂


  6. Jet Eliot 2017-03-17 / 11:27 am

    I’ve been wondering how you were doing with the snow storm this week, Sherry. I see you’ve done fine, but I’m sorry to hear about the woodcock fallout. But what an amazing thing to see so many woodcocks all at once. Ordinarily I see one every few years. I’m sure it created quite a birder stir…but I know we all hope they are on their natural way soon. Thanks for sharing this unusual activity.

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  7. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) 2017-03-17 / 10:51 am

    Beautiful photos :-). The woodcock looks quite fluffed up against the cold with its gorgeous feathers. Sad that they are having a tough spring this year. Hopefully the coming months will be gentler.

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    • Sherry Felix 2017-03-17 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks. There are lots out ther better than mine of these birds. Let’s hope some live to have babies.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Denzil 2017-03-17 / 9:04 am

    How amazing to be so close to such beautiful birds. But so sad that many of them will not make it to their next port of call

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