Bryant Park Woodcock

Bryant Park is an oasis for migrating American Woodcock or Timberdoodle. Perhaps the wall of buildings causes the low flying birds to drop out of the sky at night. And Bryant Park has greenery to hide in and worms for them to feed on before they move on.

We were lucky this time to see one sitting under a bush with an audience of birders surrounding it. Many times when I’ve gone there during migration I haven’t found any Woodcocks.

I love their oscillating sowing machine walk. Timberdoodles are adorable.

17 thoughts on “Bryant Park Woodcock

  1. SoyBend 2023-03-17 / 10:26 pm

    Yes, they sure are adorable. Great pictures of i!


  2. XingfuMama 2023-03-17 / 9:32 pm

    Love the name timberdoodle. I’ve heard of woodcocks but never seen one.


  3. Amy 2023-03-17 / 12:37 pm

    Beautiful details of this lovely bird!


  4. Denzil 2023-03-17 / 10:07 am

    You were lucky to get so close to one Sherry. I’ve only had a quick glimpse of one as it flies away!


    • Sherry Felix 2023-03-17 / 10:17 am

      I can count on the fingers on one hand how many times I’ve seen a Woodcock. Once decades years ago I went on a birding trip to Jamaica Bay to see them do their courting display at night. That was a treat. They are no longer found there.

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  5. Mark S 2023-03-17 / 8:16 am

    Wonderful pictures! I have yet to be so successful with my attempts at getting a picture of the American Woodcock. What a delight!


    • Sherry Felix 2023-03-17 / 9:48 am

      Thanks. It was dead easy. In Bryant Park they are easy to photograph. I found this one by looking for other bird watchers.
      Their cryptic coloration makes them hard to find in the wild. They are reported to be in Central Park, but I never find them.

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  6. shoreacres 2023-03-17 / 6:16 am

    Like Derrick, I was completely taken with the name ‘Timberdoodle.’ It’s as cute as that wonderful bird.


    • Sherry Felix 2023-03-17 / 7:54 am

      Thank you. I love the bird and the American colloquial word for it too.


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