- Mar 30, 2011
- Reaction score
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- Too many - but not nearly enough
It is nowadays - haven't shot one for many years, however, you have to look at what they are specifically saying. our native woodcock in the UK migrate South in the winter, they struggle because of loss of spring nesting habitat in this country, the ones we see here during the winter are ones that come here in their thousands from Scandinavia and the Russian steppes.
BTO have woodcock down as of conservation concern
By the time they reach here they are exhausted and just land on the beaches in Norfolk where you can just walk up to them and pick them up. I remember during a rummage of a Polish timber ship once, a colleague calling me over to identify a bird he'd found. it was a woodcock who had obviously dropped dead on the deck during the sea crossing.
I remember reading a letter sent to the times years ago - a Commander of a Naval patrol vessel in the North sea witnessed a large flock of woocock who, exhausted due to a change in wind direction just dropped into the sea around his vessel.