Range. - Eastern North America, north to the British Provinces, breeding throughout its range.
This is one of the most eagerly sought game birds of the east. Their flight is very rapid and erratic, and accompanied by a peculiar whistling sound made by the rapid motion of the wings; it requires a skillful marksman to bring them down. They frequent boggy places especially "runs" lined with alders, where they bore in the soft ground for worms and grubs. Their eggs are laid upon the bare ground among the leaves and sticks; they are of about the color of dead leaves, as is also the bird, making it quite difficult to discover their nests. They lay three or four eggs of a buffy color, with yellowish brown spots. Size 1.50 x 1.15.
C. A. Reed. WOODCOCK ON HER NEST.
NEST AND EGGS OF WOODCOCK.
American Woodcock. Wilson's Snipe.