After a late storm

American woodcock

April 17 2018.   Cold SW wind and hard crunchy snow/ice on trails. The continued freeze and snow cover has forced many birds to find food in and around soft wet areas and the shoreline. We found two American Woodcocks, one at the bottom of the hill near the fenced garden, the other along the trail at a low area of permanent water. ( The American Woodcock (27-31cm) is smaller than the Eurasian (33-38cm inc’l bill)
Also notable were Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Blue-winged Teal and a pair of American Wigeon

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