In addition to this marvelous camouflage, Woodcocks perform a little swaying dance as they creep through the leaves. Click here to see a video someone else caught of one. Cool, isn't it? Actually, Woodcocks are considered game birds and some people hunt them. Sorry, I just can't see the point of that.
Their mating flight is spectacular, or I suppose the females think it is, since I couldn't see any of it. A little after 8:00 last evening, a group of us gathered along the edges of a field for the big show. In a while, we heard "peent" from one area, followed by another "peent" on the other side of the field. Then the male takes off on his "sky dance", twittering as he spirals 200 - 300 feet into the air, then descending with a different sound. After taking a few bows, the dance starts over again. The female must have the night vision of an owl to be able to see him at all during this. I sure couldn't see anything. The display goes on for half an hour precisely, then stops until the next morning.