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    1. #361
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      March 08, 2017
      Belle saw them first. 6:02 PM. At heel, same spot. Her eyes to the sky. Two woodcock. One behind the other.

      The same path as last week. SSW.

      Tonight they turned, hard right, against the horizon resembling a wood duck and a bat. They looked like a mammal but maneuver like a fowl.

      Apartment buildings now light up our western sky.

      They cupped their wings and disappeared under the tree line into our ribbon of brook. We live on the edge. Between the future and the past.

      The unseen nightly spring migration is on.





      03-09-17
      Between 6:02 and 6:10 PM tonight I saw 8 woodcock come to roost on a piece of conservation land bordered by a local river. There were more. I could hear them but couldn't see them.

      Belle and I saw geese, ducks and a barred owl. She barked treed on the owl just like she does for grouse.

      Spring has sprung in southern NH.

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      Tough little buggers

      03-12-17
      Saw my BIL at my son's B-Day party yesterday. He saw this woodcock in his yard along the driveway about 4PM yesterday. And another one roadside a few minutes later.

      These were in New Castle, NH. Right on the ocean.

      So far this has been a really good flight. I wish them the best.
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      03-13-17
      Update. BIL just texted me. Flushed nine woodcock in the swamp behind his house in one group.

      Up to 20" of snow predicted in the next 24 hours here. Not supposed to go over 40 degrees for a week.

      Tough little buggers.

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      The Brook that Never Freezes

      I think they are going to be OK. It is all about spring seeps right now.

      03-16-17
      Tuesday’s blizzard was a blessing to this snowshoe enthusiast. The backyard trail is open, nicely packed and groomed.

      The storm is allowing me to go backwards just as I was going forward enjoying the annual migration north of the American Woodcock.

      Having seen as many as eleven birds to date there is no doubt their internal compasses are pointing north.

      Woodcock require soft thawed ground in order for them to find their primary diet of earthworms. Looking across our current landscape as winter holds its grip it is very hard to find any open ground.

      Tonight I stopped by the raccoon den tree. At its base there is a very defined trail where raccoons have been coming down to forage in the small woodlot we call our backyard.

      The tree overlooks the brook that does not freeze. I stood a moment wondering about the migrating timberdoodles and their need for food when I saw a very familiar shape standing in the open water.

      No way I thought. My brain was trying to fool my eyes. I needed a closer look.

      As I broke trail down to the brook I swear I saw the shape move. As I approached a small woodcock took flight. In its twisting turning way it rose up and settled back down about twenty yards further up the brook.

      I stood in awe at this creature’s survival ability. I thanked the Lord for allowing me the fleeting glace.

      Not wanting to disturb it again I turned and followed the brook up to where I had seen two woodcock come to roost last week. Although I did not see any more flyers right at dusk from somewhere along the ribbon of open water came the unmistakable buzzy, nasal ‘peent’ of a male woodcock.

      Blessed, best describes my adventures.

      The Brook that Never Freezes
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      thats cool right in your yard
      and even more so that they are adapting to what the weather offers for their survival
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      Spring Seeps and the American Woodcock

      03-17-17
      This spring originates on our neighbor's property. Like our boundary spring it never freezes.

      On my hike tonight just as my snowshoe touched the bridge a woodcock flushed.

      In an instinctive instant, I shouldered my imaginary shotgun and mouthed two shots. Bang-Bang.

      Thank you to my mentor who told me so many years ago that any time I flushed a game bird, in season or not, to raise that gun of air and follow through.


      My muscle reaction in now involuntary. I wish I could teach my shot pattern the same.

      This woodcock was much bigger than yesterday's. Live long my friends.
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      The Money Bird

      My son Shawn and I attended our first ever Continental Driven Shoot at New England Upland in Hillsborough, NH yesterday.

      It was based on a St Patrick's Day theme.

      The breakfast and lunch were both Irish traditional. The corned beef was the best.

      Even with temps in the single digits upon our arrival and in the teens when we were stationed at our first peg we both worked up a sweat calling shots and shooting birds.

      The luck of the Irish was with Team O'Hearn. We heard the shooting start two pegs to our north. As the shots reigned Shawn saw the bird angling in our direction.

      Shawn called the shot for me and stood as my backup.

      It was only after the birds sudden flight path stopped and it pitched to earth that we saw the two green ribbons on his legs.

      The afternoon walk up hunt with Belle was tough. As much as 20" of snow still blanketed the landscape especially in northern exposures. We hunted on snowshoes. Belle put five more birds to flight. Four of which filled our game pouches.

      Bacon wrapped pheasant breast poppers ....it's what's for dinner.

      The Money Bird. Thank you New England Upland.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Coalman View Post
      03-17-17
      This spring originates on our neighbor's property. Like our boundary spring it never freezes.

      On my hike tonight just as my snowshoe touched the bridge a woodcock flushed.

      In an instinctive instant, I shouldered my imaginary shotgun and mouthed two shots. Bang-Bang.

      Thank you to my mentor who told me so many years ago that any time I flushed a game bird, in season or not, to raise that gun of air and follow through.


      My muscle reaction in now involuntary. I wish I could teach my shot pattern the same.

      This woodcock was much bigger than yesterday's. Live long my friends.
      Given the larger size, t'was most likely a hen.

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