bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Woodcock in snow

Woodcock in snow- watercolour in sketchbook

The recent snow and very cold temperatures have forced Woodcock out into the open again. I saw three yesterday in exactly the same area I saw them in December 2010. Although of course this means the Woodcock are pushed to find enough food to survive, for me it means another rare opportunity to see this elusive woodland wader out in the open. Redwings are becoming very tame. They feed amongst sheep in the field near our house, taking advantage of the areas of snow cleared by sheep finding grass to eat. This morning these normally shy thrushes were feeding within twenty feet of where I stood.

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