Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A real first!

American Woodcock by Laura Erickson
American Woodcock, a photo by Laura Erickson on Flickr.

For the first time in my life, I called in several woodcocks tonight! Really! And I wasn't trying to disturb them.

I was walking down my mother-in-law's driveway a little bit after sunset. It was too light for woodcock to start calling—or so I thought. But I was telling my dog Photon how we were going to hear them again tonight (we do this every year) and reminded her what they sound like. "Beep.....Beep.....Beep." And suddenly one started peenting maybe six feet away, and then another, and another. One flew right past my face, and then another did. Holy crap! I quieted right down. I mean really—woodcock respond to my saying "beep"? Who knew?!


  1. Great photo! Great post!
    I'm going to try this, and early enough to see them, too. Curt Rawn

  2. Thanks! I got the photos last May near Eagle River, WI--I had not expected to see any woodcock before it was too dark, so didn't bring my camera tonight.

  3. What a wonderful experience. And isn't that the way it almost always goes when you don't have a camera along?
    I can just envision one of those ear to ear smiles.

    Did your dog get startled by them?

  4. Great picture. It had been years since I'd seen them in southeastern Minn. till my farmer neighbor told me about these strange birds in his woodlot a week ago. Sure enough we walked over and checked out the area. About a dozen of them flew up all around us. :)

  5. I 'beeped' and saw a bus today. Does that count?
    You got skills Laura!