Sky Dance of the Woodcock (Paperback)

The Habits and Habitats of a Strange Little Bird (Bur Oak Book)

By Greg Hoch

University Of Iowa Press, 9781609386276, 196pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2019

List Price: 30.00*
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Woodcock are one of the oddest birds in North America. They are a shorebird that got lost and ended up in the scrubby parts of the forest, and look like they were put together with the leftover parts of other birds. Oddities aside, each spring they rise to great beauty with their sky dance at dusk.

Greg Hoch combines natural history, land management, scientific knowledge, and personal observation to examine this little game bird. Woodcock have a complex life history and the management of their habitat is also complex. The health of this bird can be considered a key indicator of what good forests look like.

About the Author

Greg Hoch works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He currently lives near Cambridge, Minnesota, where he regularly sees woodcock, ruffed grouse, and golden-winged warblers.