December 19, 2010 4:19 PM Subscribe
Is it possible I spotted an American Woodcock today in Philadelphia?
posted by Katine to science & nature (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On my walk home, I spotted a strange bird sitting on a concrete slab in Powelton Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. My internet searching seems to indicate I saw an American Woodcock. It was sitting facing away from me and at first I thought it was a bunny or a cat because it was brown tabby colored and looked more furry than feathery. Then it turned to me and I saw it had a long, thin beak, small head, and a fat, little body. It flew off a moment after seeing me. I've never seen a bird like it and after thinking it was bunny initially and then seeing its beak, the sighting kind of freaked me out.
Is it possible this is what I saw? Why would a woodcock be in Philadelphia in December? Related questions, is it possible for some birds to get left behind and miss migrating? Does sighting a woodcock portend anything?