Longley Bridge Road, south of Enosburg Town Forest, Franklin, US-VT
Mar 22, 2013 7:23 PM - 7:27 PM
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 1 Seen flying into a small ditch running perpendicular to the dirt road through the woods, then watched through my binos as it poked its bill into the ditch's mud and bit of water. Car thermom. registered 24 degrees [Fahrenheit]. Snow cover at least 12 inches in the surrounding woods on the north and the cleared, regenerating area on the south of the ditch. Beautiful bird! Distinctive twitter as it flew from ditch. Earliest I've ever seen/heard American Woodcock here 10 miles from Canada.
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