I wasn't able to get any photos, but I thought I repost the ones I took last year.
I had managed to get a recording of the song.
When you listen carefully you'll hear the following sequence: the thin nasal buzzy "peent" call preceded by a barely audible "tuko" sound, the twittering made by the wings during sharp turns, and the vocal chirping during aerial flight which becomes louder as the bird descends. The last part of the descent is silent. Then a soft fluttering of the wings as the bird lands.
Here is a snippet of the spectrogram. and wave pattern.
It was raining yesterday, a soft spring rain. During the course of the day I had a migrating flock of Juncos drop in for a visit foraging in the yard. Song Sparrows were scratching underneath the feeder for dropped seeds. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker landed briefly on a tree by the stonewall. The field next to it was studded with Robins hopping and listening. I listened to the buzzy song of an Eastern Phoebe. A Carolina Wren sang loudly from high up in a tree somewhere In the evening I heard the first Spring Peepers in the wetland next to the house. Spring is surely here. Time to get the hummingbird feeders ready...
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Excellent Hilke, that's a beautiful sighting... The sound pictogram is really cool!ReplyDelete
A beatiful bird Hilke lovely images.ReplyDelete
Wow. Beautiful bird and the addition of sound really brings it all to life. What an amazing sound print! Nicely done, Hilke!ReplyDelete
What a fascinating bird! Your last paragraph brings such a wonderful picture of Spring to mind!ReplyDelete
Adding the song/call of this interesting bird is even cooler than your super pictures. Often we "hear" a bird before we see it. Wonderful post Hilke!ReplyDelete
Very cool, I have not seen or heard the Woodcock yet. Hopefully someday. Thanks for sharing the sounds.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Love all of it.ReplyDelete
They are such interesting birds, one I would love to attempt to photograph. It must be so interesting to see/hear their displays in person!ReplyDelete
Your comments envoke spring beautifully Hilke! What a relief!ReplyDelete
That's about the best recording I've heard of Woodcock displaying, well done!!ReplyDelete
Great photos and exceptional sound recording of the American Woodcock Hilke. I was able to imagine what must have been an amazing scene from your description and recording. Super!ReplyDelete
The woodcock is a bird that has always fascinated me. I have read about it's aerial display but it was wonderful to get the chance to hear your recording. It really brought the descriptions I have read to life.
Very interesting. It is funny how each year goes. Sometimes we are not lucky with the camera and sometimes we are good. By spending time in the wilds, we are always lucky in experiences.ReplyDelete
What a great idea to record the song of these males. Fantastic!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful fellow. That must have been one fascinating spectacle :)ReplyDelete