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American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) | by meeralee
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American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

One of today's birds was a Woodcock. This particular specimen had, besides the paper-thin skin of its species, a rather nasty chest wound of unknown origin (Collision impact? BB-bullet? Peregrine talon? Dog bite?). It bled on me when I picked it up. But all turned out well in the end. Woodcocks are really neat looking wading birds, related to snipes. They root around in soil with those incredibly long bills, searching for insects.

 

I took a photo of the woodcock's intestines after Dave opened it up to determine its sex, because I thought they were really cool—but I will spare you.

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Taken on February 24, 2011