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Resident Woodcock

What are the habits of resident woodcock...

Do they produce resident woodcock?
What is their range?
Are resident woodcock mostly cocks or hens?
How do they survive when the ground is frozen and they can't get to worms? Travel outside their normal range?
Is there a trend that woodcock are becoming more resident birds?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 03:26 PM
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Re: Resident Woodcock

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I missed him out at the WCLoPA 'Woodcock Weekend.' They had some great presenters. I left with more appreciation and interest in sky dancers for sure.
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Re: Resident Woodcock

Every year I get woodcock behind my house in february and March.

Every year by April, like now, I don't hear or see them anymore. I don't know if they've moved on, but they don't seem to be around right now. At least in that spot.

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Re: Resident Woodcock

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What are the habits of resident woodcock...

Do they produce resident woodcock?
What is their range?
Are resident woodcock mostly cocks or hens?
How do they survive when the ground is frozen and they can't get to worms? Travel outside their normal range?
Is there a trend that woodcock are becoming more resident birds?
The first thing that we need to do is define "resident". Resident birds are birds that set up shop in a particular area.

The clutch usually imprints on their hatch area BUT they won't necessarily return to the exact same spot. They could return to an area miles away.

Woodcock move quite a bit during the spring and summer. Some move upwards of a mile to and from feeding / night time cover.

Sex ratio is about 1:1 or so.

Woodcock do eat other terrestrial invertebrates and will also move to areas of standing / moving water like seeps where inverts can be accessed when other ground is frozen.

Your last question is tough to answer because their breeding range can occur anywhere from SC to Canada. They are residents wherever they set up shop. So it is tough to say.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Resident Woodcock

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Your last question is tough to answer because their breeding range can occur anywhere from SC to Canada. They are residents wherever they set up shop. So it is tough to say.
For further clarification on question 5 . . . .
Do you know if the number of females nesting in PA is increasing or decreasing in the last 5, years, 10 years, 20 years?
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Doug, there is no way to really know that. The only indicator of resident birds is singing ground surveys which measure presence of males. For the past 7 yrs or so SGS indicate a stable, static population as opposed to the steady 1.5-2% decline for the 25 yrs prior.

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I've noticed an increase in woodcock the last couple years on my land. I'm certain that is due to the habitat management practices making my land more attractive. I watched one for 15 minutes the other day actively feeding. It was quite enjoyable and not something every hunter gets to experience.

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Re: Resident Woodcock

This one is a resident


Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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Re: Resident Woodcock

I was walking through a field last week and flushed one that only flew 10 ft and landed. I was pretty sure it was a bird on a nest. I didn't want to get too nosey and I just left the area. I always enjoy seeing them. They are unique.

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