Winter Wildlife: How heavy snow brought one of Europe’s most elusive birds, the woodcock, out of hiding

The birds that are hardest to observe usually give me the greatest rewards and the woodcock is of Europe‚Äôs most elusive birds. Essentially a wader, its plumage, an intricately patterned palette of russets, fawns, greys and blacks, is seamlessly camouflaged with the leaf litter of a woodland floor where it takes cover during the day, making it virtually impossible to observe. When disturbed, woodcock will break cover only at the last minute. Their flight is … Continue reading Winter Wildlife: How heavy snow brought one of Europe’s most elusive birds, the woodcock, out of hiding