American Woodcock

(Scolopax minor)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

American Woodcock

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon to common migrant, uncommon breeder

Habitat

Woods adjacent to grassy clearings, shrubby areas

Size

10 to 12 in length

18 wingspan

Photo by Bill Reynolds
 
Identification

There are three pale horizontal bars across the head and nape of neck. The back and underparts are orangish-buff, best seen as the bird is flying away.

 
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Similar
Species

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) crown and nape has pale longitudinal stripes, not horizontal bars. The back and underparts are white. The breast, sides, and flanks are white and heavily barred with black.

 
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Migration

March to early May and early September to early November

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Charadriiformes (shorebirds and relatives)

 

Family:

Scolopacidae (sandpipers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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  American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
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Along the boardwalk, adjacent to Crane Creek State Park, we enjoyed watching this American Woodcock probe for worms. Canon PowerShot S3 IS

   
       
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American Woodcock feeding along a street in Cape May Point, NJ the day after a snowstorm. January 9, 2011.

   
       
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Published on Apr 30, 2012

Magee Marsh, April 28, 2012. One of the most thrilling photo and video opportunities I have ever experienced.

   
       
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This American Woodcock was filmed in our yard.

   
       
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American woodcock in Maine.

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Bill Reynolds
5/15/2004

Location: Pennington Co.

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