Friday, March 16, 2012

Rare Woodcock spotted in Tompkins Square Park

First, please no snickering over the bird's name... Bobby Williams spotted this Woodcock today in the Park...



And, background cut-n-paste from Wikipedia...

The American Woodcock (Scolopax minor), sometimes colloquially referred to as the Timberdoodle, is a small chunky shorebird species found primarily in the eastern half of North America. Woodcock spend most of their time on the ground in brushy, young-forest habitats, where the birds' brown, black, and gray plumage provides excellent camouflage.

Because of the male Woodcock's unique, beautiful courtship flights, the bird is welcomed as a harbinger of spring in northern areas. It is also a popular game bird, with about 540,000 killed annually by some 133,000 hunters in the U.S.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is one adorable bird...glad it came to visit. Perhaps it will find a roommate and stick around...

Mark said...

Woo woo! Nice spotting Bobby!

Marty Wombacher said...

Great work by Bobby Williams! The Marlin Perkins of the EV!

Goggla said...

Wow! Each day, I love that park more.

Anonymous said...

well, that explains the little scene at the dog park: around 1pm no less than 3 bird dogs (an english setter, german wire haired pointer, brittany spaniel) all gathered at the north fence, focused on a single spot in the brush across the walk. it was unusual to see that many dogs be so intent on one spot. we could see a bird but couldn't figure out what it was. i guess they knew.

evflip said...

Hooray for the Timberdoodle and hooray for Bobby's eye!

Hey19 said...

What? Woodcock wasnt silly enough? they had to call it Timberdoodle?

Anonymous said...

I saw one of these birds hanging out on the corner of 3rd Ave and 40th St, two years ago. The east side is on their migration route.