Date: 1/4/18 3:47 pm From: John Fussell <jofuss...> Subject: another yard woodcock
I too had a woodcock in my yard this morning.
I flushed it right next to my front steps as I was taking a hummingbird feeder out at 0645.
Certainly its presence was related to the weather--it was a wild night, with heavy rain at midnight, transitioning to sleet going sideways (sustained winds up to 35+mph), and finally to 1-2" of snow.
However, it was not a new yard bird. I remember having birds on at least two separate occasions before--one I think was also in snow-covered conditions, and the other, strangely, was in summer, believe it was August.
At least 3, maybe 4, Ruby-throateds in the yard today. Also 2 Baltimore Orioles. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet has been feeding on peanut butter.