American woodcock (Scolopax minor)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8.25 inches
Dumpy, short-legged, short-tailed, rounded-winged shorebird
Explosive takeoff when flushed, wings make twittering sound in flight
Very long bill
Very large, dark eye set high in head
Buff-brown head, breast and belly buff to pale cinnamon
Black nape crossed by pale lines
Dark eyeline and auricular stripe
Gray-brown back, with black and chestnut feathering interspersed bet- ween two pale Vs
Upperwings reddish-brown; underwings brown, with rusty wing linings
Rusty rump; dark rectrices tipped gray/white
Found in woodlands and shrubby fields
Juvenile similar to adult
Common Snipe is more slender and browner, without the crossbars on
nape. In flight, the common snipe has much more pointed wings.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4
Length of Incubation: 20-21 days
Days to Fledge: 14
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Almost exclusively worms, insects; lesser quantities of seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August O
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley