-- Woodcock are shorebirds that feed primarily on worms, thus their annual migrations between northern nesting areas and southern wintering areas where the ground doesn't freeze.
-- Michigan leads the nation in woodcock harvest, followed by Wisconsin, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York and Maine.
-- Woodcocks' brains are upside down. The placement of their eyes allows them to see in a wide radius.
-- The courtship flight of the woodcock is unique among birds. When the romantic light is just right, roughly 20 minutes after sunset in April and May, the males perform an aerial display and "peent" as they rotate. This ground and aerial display lasts approximately 45 minutes and is repeated before sunrise.
-- Newly hatched woodcock chicks (most nests have four eggs) leave the nest the same day they are hatched.
-- The best places to find woodcock are aspen cuts between 5 and 15 years old, especially if the cuts are near a creek or river and have damp, but not spongy, ground.
-- Though grouse hunters outnumber woodcock hunters, some hunters favor woodcock because they hold tight for pointing dogs.
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