Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Woodcock Walk...

Yesterday right after leaving our Croft Preserve in Goshen I came across these two American Woodcock in the road, completely engrossed in some sort of social interaction. I watched these bird's antics for about 2.5-3 minutes before a passing truck flushed them.
It is not entirely clear if we're looking at courtship, territiorial display or something else, but the size difference between the birds suggests that this is an adult and a juvenile interacting. When the birds flushed they ended up on opposite sides of the road and the larger of the two continued to vocalize with a soft version of their normal "peent" call, seemingly to stay in contact with the smaller bird.
Whatever is going on here, these birds certainly have their choreography down!

Woodcock Walk from Connecticut Audubon Society

Video by Twan Leenders

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