The evening of April 8 was my first woodcock sightings. They were all along Highway 10 through the Clark County forest. Considering the horrible spring 2013 weather the number of woodcock is surprising. The ground snow covered and mostly frozen.
Since the 8th Vic and I have encounter large numbers of woodcock along brushy hillsides along the Mississippi River. The large numbers of woodcock are unusually in the areas I frequent.
Is it because the weather to north is worse and the migration flights are backing up
waiting for spring like weather?
Or is the population of woodcock experiencing a dramatic increase?
The weather is the prime suspect as the spring of 2013 has been averaging 15-20 degrees below normal.