Unusual bird in WI - arctic?

by Carleen Matosky
(near Milltown, WI USA)

I don't have a picture. I only saw it for a minute while I was taking in the cat food dishes.

This bird had a completely round body and a completely round head. The head was about the size of a golf ball or ping pong ball and the body was about 3 times as big. The beak was VERY long and brown - likely alsmot as long as its body. The body was like a brown speckled. I live in WI and have NEVER seen a bird like this before. It flew away as soon as it saw me.

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Apr 17, 2013
YES! American Woodcock!!! NEW
by: Carleen

Yes, you are right! It's an American Woodcock. I've just never seen one before.
It may be just passing through - or it may be staying and I'm just not a real birder to watch them.
In the last years I have increasing wildlife on my crop farm and I just never know who will arrive next. It's wonderful!
Thank you so much!

Apr 17, 2013
Unusual bird NEW
by: Amy Indiana

Sounds like it might be an American Woodcock. Very cool bird. Google some pictures and see what you think. Good luck!



Apr 16, 2013
flying kiwi NEW
by: John

I saw a bird that fits this description perfectly in Pewaukee,WI today. It was in a wetlands area with reeds next to the lake. Definitely could fly. Looked like a flying Kiwi or a miniature flying Narwhal.

Apr 16, 2013
More Info
by: Carleen

It looked a lot like a kiwi, but could fly.
I can't even find this bird's shape in a book about North American birds. Could this be a lost bird from another continent or a runaway from a zoo?

Apr 16, 2013
Adding more info
by: Carleen

The bird looked like a kiwi, but could fly.
Could this be a bird that got lost? Or, a bird that ran away from a zoo?
I can't find any north american birds with this shape to even begin to identify it.

Apr 16, 2013
Adding more info
by: Carleen

The bird looked like a kiwi, but could fly.
Could this be a bird that got lost? Or, a bird that ran away from a zoo?
I can't find any north american birds with this shape to even begin to identify it.

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