Woodcock Casualty

I very occasionally see woodcock flying at Ackworth at dusk but I don’t usually get a good look at one. This week, students in the junior school found this bird lying dead after it had flown into a window.

Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)

During the daytime, woodcocks sit motionless on the ground and their plumage makes them perfectly camouflaged amongst dried leaves and twigs.

Woodcocks are native to the UK but most of the birds present during the winter months have arrived for the winter from Scandinavia or northern Russia.