I've been seeing reports here of a dearth of woodcocks at some of the
St. Louis sites. Just as balance, I should point out that woodcocks
have been pretty plentiful
down here lately.
I contacted Cari Sebright at University of Arkansas, who posted here wanting participants in a study of woodcock migration ([log in to unmask]
), and got the instructions and data sheet from her. I've been out counting them three times in the few weeks, all three
trips before sunrise.
Twice I went to Maintz Conservation Area, where I heard 9
individuals displaying on 2/22, and 21 individuals on 3/1 (that second
trip was driving around the perimeter of the CA and stopping every .4
mile). Then this Saturday I drove a county road near my home in
Pocahontas before dawn and heard a total of 8. So they are definitely
out there peenting, whistling, and cackling.
If you're near Cape Girardeau county, my best recommendation for woodcocks would be at parking lot #5 in Maintz Conservation Area, on County Road 471. Map available at the MDC site (