An Alien Bird . . .
I was surprised to find this little bird and his mate along the road ditches earlier this week. That extra long beak and big eyes made them look so strange and … alien. My internet search for what they could be was fast .. not too many birds have these characteristics. I was excited and proud of my latest nature find … only to discover that other people see these birds all the time. Everyone I told my story to, knew exactly what they were and how “common” they were in our area. What? I have lived here most of my life and never saw these supposedly common birds? How could that be?
I am not going to let others dampen my excitement of finding this bird that is foreign to me … it brightened my day. In case this bird is also foreign to you, it is known as the American Woodcock.
It may have been their camouflage coloring that has prevented me from seeing them in the past … but, now that I am looking for them, I have seen them several times in different places this week. I am now waiting for a dry Spring evening to go back and see if I can catch them in courtship. I have been told that the males put on and elaborate flying display to attract a mate.