|Photo by Sean Sime|
This species is legendary for their magically spring courtship displays. Conservationist Aldo Leopold famously wrote about it in his book "A Sand County Almanac". You can read "Sky Dance" online here.
The IUCN Red List lists the woodcock's conservation status as "Least Concern". However, population trends appear to be decreasing and they are included on the The State of the Birds 2014 "Watch List".
The American Woodcock's scientific name, Scolopax minor, means snipe-like; smaller.
Some places to look for courting woodcocks within New York City are Floyd Bennett Field, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and The Ridgewood Reservoir.