American Woodcock nest with eggs

Scolopax minor

American Woodcock Nest & Eggs

I startled a woodcock this afternoon as I was taking a walk with Lorna. As I stepped off the path to mark a multiflora rose a woodcock catapulted up into the air right in front of me. That alerted me about the possibility of a nest so I looked carefully and found the camouflaged nest with 4 eggs; each about 1.5-inches long. The nest was just a shallow depression in the brush.

I backed out carefully after taking this snapshot with my iPhone

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