This walking camouflaged bobber is a Pennsylvania native.
exposed by the contrasting background.
But in the leaves of the forest floor it becomes nearly invisible,
and does not flush easily. Its long Beak is designed for probing
in the forest soil for Earthworms and Insects.
NOTE the similarity between the Lichen on the log in front of its Beak, and the gray blotches on its shoulder.
disturbed, it slowly walks away with a front-and-back bobbing
It flies clumsily and not very far. Its defense is motionless invisibility.
It is odd in many ways. Not the least of which is;
its Ears are in front of its Eyes.
|Name||American Woodcock (scolopax minor)|
|Description||A plump shorebird with a 2-1/2" long bill. It is about 11" long, 5" high and has a wingspan of about 20 inches. Male and Female are similar; often the Female is larger.|
|Food||Primarily Earthworms and Insects in forest floor debris.|
|Nest||A shallow depression among the dried leaves.|
|Eggs||Usually 4 to 8.|
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