A plump, secretive bird, the American woodcock (Scolopax minor) thrives in the forest edge and wet bottom lands of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. The American woodcock uses its long sensitive beak to probe the soil for its favorite food, earthworms. Unfortunately, like many bird species, the populations of American woodcock have been dropping for several decades throughout the Eastern United States.
In the spring, it is a delight to observe the unique courtship flights of American woodcock. American woodcock still thrive in the healthy habitats of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.
Special thanks to Pam Spaulding, who took these lovely photos at Lake Nevin in the Cypress Tupelo swamp.