How about a snipe? They also do an aerial performance. 

Sue Wetmore 
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From: "Scott Sainsbury" <[log in to unmask]> 
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Sent: Saturday, May 9, 2009 1:46:16 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: [VTBIRD] morning farm walk 

I got around the south end of our farm this morning. Saw some good 
birds. But surprisingly missed several commonly seen residents. 
Some of the forest birds I expected were missing because of a Broad- 
winged Hawk that kept me under close surveillance for a while in the 

CrossHaven Farm, Moretown, Vt. 5/8/09 8-10 am 
32 Species (reported on "most seen at one time basis) 

Red Winged Blackbird 7 
Common Grackle 5 
European Starling 4 
Chipping Sparrow 1 
American Goldfinch 11 
Pine Siskin 2 
Rock Pigeon 6 
Savannah Sparrow 2 
American Robin 2 
Song Sparrow 1 
Common Yellowthroat 1 (3 seen in total) (foy on farm) 
Mallard 1 
Barn Swallow 1 
Tree Swallow 6 
Mourning Dove 2 
Ruffed Grouse 1 (heard) 
Wild Turkey 3 
White-throated Sparrow 1 
Oven Bird 1 (1 seen, 7 heard in different locations) 
White-crowned Sparrow 1 
American Crow 1 
Blue Jay 1 
Black-capped Chickadee 2 
Broad-winged Hawk 1 (foy on farm) 
Downy Woodpecker 1 
Wood Duck 1 (foy on farm) 
Canada Goose 1 
Eastern Meadowlark 1 (foy on farm) 
Brown-headed Cowbird 2 
Eastern Bluebird 2 
Pileated Woodpecker 1 (heard) 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 

I also watched a bird on the wing that acted and looked very much 
like a Woodcock. It had the right size and wing shape, and flew up 
and up in misshapen circles until I almost lost it -- then it dove 
quickly to ground -- unfortunately a ways off from me. It was about 
8 am. I couldn't hear anything due to distance and traffic noise. 
Do they ever do this, or was I fooled by an impostor?