05 April 2009

Woodcocks - 3 Apr. 2009

Arriving at Lakeview around dusk, our aim was to find some American Woodcocks.  We arrived a little early so we wandered some of the brushy edge habitat.  We stirred up an unusually early Lincoln's Sparrow, photographed below.

Right at 7:55 pm, several American Woodcocks started calling, some quite nearby.  However, the evening passed us by and we never heard any displaying.

However, several Wilson's Snipe were "winnowing" in the area which is quite uncommon here in central Iowa.