Have you ever heard of a Timberdoodle? I most certainly haven’t. That is, not until today. Enjoying a lovely hike in Rosaryville State Park today with friends, we had a brief lunch respite at the Mount Airy Mansion where George Washington helped celebrate his stepson’s wedding in 1774.
Entering back into the woods and hitting a side trail, movement caught my eye. At first I thought it was a snake. Then I thought perhaps it was a little bunny. Then I saw a coloring and began to think it was a quail. But nope! It was actually a Timberdoodle. An American Woodcock, this little bird was dancing in the leaves, charming us with his little bob.
He was so darling to watch, and coming home I’ve learned they were popular for eating in past decades, similar to quail. It’s no wonder that I’ve never seen one before.
So let’s do the funky dance with a Timberdoodle and party!
Video Credit goes to Bill Hubick with the Maryland Biodiversity Project.