Backyard Stranger

by Elizabeth
(Livonia, MI)

This bird was snapped today in my backyard. I've never seen one like it here in southeastern Michigan. Does anyone know what it is?

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Apr 23, 2013
Woodcock nest in the snow in Missouri NEW
by: Anonymous

I also vote American woodcock.

Missouri. After our latest 8" snow, my husband came across a snowless circle on the ground in the wood below our house. As he peeked into the "hole" he saw four larger brown eggs. Another day after the snow had melted he checked again and couldn't see where the nest had been, until he finally spotted the invisible mother sitting motionless on the nest. A week following there were no signs of nest or feathers.

We were told it was very unusual for a woodcock to nest in this part of the country. And, we have lots of coyotes about. So we are assuming it just "didn't work out" for the woodcocks this time. But it made for wonderful stories for the grandchildren. And we did get a few photos. The hen was so invisible it's hard to find her in the pictures at all.

Apr 13, 2013
American Woodcock NEW
by: Elizabeth

Thanks for help!

Apr 07, 2013
Backyard Stranger NEW
by: Diane from Limoges,Ontario

Hi Elizabeth,

I believe this is an American Woodcock.

Diane

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