Just a short posting tonight. I had my dad visiting for dinner tonight and while I was pouring a post-dinner coffee, I hear: PEEENT, PEEENT, PEEENT in my back yard. My screen was open as it was about 17C.
Backyard February Woodcocks? YES!
I stepped out onto my back porch and took this brief 40 second video. You can actually see a pair of woodcocks flying in their spiraling timberdoodle display at about the 30 second mark of this video. Not bad for cell-phone video. Local naturalist Paul Pratt had found a pair at Hillman Marsh last night on Feb 23rd, 2017.
If you are in Windsor, a great place to see woodcocks is at the viewing platform near the titcombe turn around circle across from the Ojibway Park visitor center on Matchette road. They start flying at dusk.