May 19 2013
It’s hard enough to find a woodcock let alone an entire family.
Early this month at Magee Marsh, Ohio I heard that a woodcock was nesting in a grassy sward of the parking lot. I found the spot easily — it was surrounded by police tape — but I could not find the mother bird incubating her eggs. I looked for quite a while but she was too cryptic for me to see.
Her eggs hatched the following week and Charlie Hickey was there to capture a family portrait. I love how her chicks have cryptic down and tiny versions of her very long beak.
I wish I’d seen them, but then… I couldn’t even find their mother.
(photo by Charlie Hickey. Click on the photo to see more pictures of this woodcock family)