American Woodcock Scolopax minor
Order: CHARADRIIFORMES Family: Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)
The well camouflaged American Woodcock nests in Michigan’s moist woodlands and damp thickets. It normally goes about its business in a quiet and reclusive manner, but during courtship the male woodcock launches into the air, twittering upward in a circular flight display until, with wings partly folded, he plummets to the ground in the zigzag pattern of a falling leaf, chirping at every turn. At the end of this stunning “sky dance,” he lands precisely where he started.