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The Eurasian Woodcock – 10,000 Birds

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Whereas there are 8 species of woodcocks worldwide, solely two – the American and the Eurasian ones – are widespread. Because the American one is suspected of getting voted for Donald Trump within the 2020 election (regardless of this being towards its personal curiosity – elevated gun possession just isn’t doing the species any good), this submit solely focuses on the Eurasian one.

Shanghai is simply on the Northern fringe of the species’ wintering vary, so the birds proven right here might keep for the winter or transfer additional south.

Apparently, the identify “woodcock” comes from Center English and is a mix of wudu ‘wooden’ + cocc ‘fowl’. It appears the identify can also be used as an insult – a woodcock is a nickname for a naive or gullible individual. Equally, the German identify “Waldschnepfe” contains the phrase “Schnepfe”, which is used as a light insult for a lady or girl, or as a derogatory time period for a prostitute.

Whereas the woodcock has massive (and relatively endearing) eyes, the sector of view is relatively slender, although lengthy. Apparently, retinal fields within the horizontal airplane are 182° large, and there’s no blind sector on the margin of the optical fields (supply). It feels like I might like to have that type of imaginative and prescient when on the lookout for birds – although the paper states that such complete visible protection most likely happens solely in species that rely primarily upon senses aside from imaginative and prescient to information foraging. I’m not positive I perceive the logic of this, however I assume evolution does.

The HBW has the scary data that “as much as 3,700,000 people [are] hunted yearly in Europe, with 1,500,000 in Italy, 1,300,000 in France, 400,000 in W Russia and 200,000 in Britain” and provides that “there have been options that such harvests are unsustainable and ought to be regulated”.

Wikipedia even states that “Eurasian woodcock are thought of at their finest for culinary functions from October to December … the meat may be eaten as a starter, savory, or for breakfast. A fowl serves one individual.”

By the way, the massive variety of woodcocks hunted additionally established the premise for a examine analyzing the significance of millipedes within the autumn-winter weight loss plan of the species. The authors “examined the autumn-winter weight loss plan of the woodcock Scolopax rusticola from 407 gizzard samples originating from Crimea and Italy” and located a excessive variety of millipedes in all of the samples (the paper contains the relatively unhappy assertion that “the current authors had the chance to acquire a pattern of greater than 200 illegally shot specimens from Crimea and confiscated as they had been being imported to Italy”).

The place do woodcocks feed? As you may think, ornithologists have requested this query earlier than. The reply they’ve provide you with is as follows: “The essential elements figuring out the place feeding happens are most likely security from avian predators and excessive availability of earthworms.” It appears secure wifi connections usually are not that essential to woodcocks then.

Eurasian Woodcock with sad earthworms

One other paper that includes Eurasian Woodcocks was revealed within the relatively pompously titled “Science of The Whole Setting” (you may type of think about a fanatic chief asking an viewers of scientists whether or not they need the “complete surroundings”). Anyway, that paper regarded on the concentrations of heavy metals in soils, earthworms, and tissues of woodcocks in Quaderna Valley, northern Italy.

The woodcock has an interesting-looking feeding motion – bopping up and down whereas transferring ahead very slowly. I didn’t discover any data on the aim of this bopping – perhaps it makes earthworms come out as they assume it has began raining? You’ll be able to watch this conduct right here, assuming that my try to add the video has labored.

On the optimistic aspect, it appears deer usually are not an issue for woodcocks. Evidently conservationists fear in regards to the impact of accelerating populations of deer on birds depending on understorey vegetation – however a examine discovered no impact of deer shopping on the diurnal density of Eurasian Woodcocks.

Not everybody likes woodcocks – eBird appears fairly unfavourable, calling the species “weird and cumbersome-looking” and including a gratuitous comment about its “fats physique”. Possibly eBird ought to examine fats shaming

Given the angle eBird has towards the woodcock, it appears a bit hypocritical to criticize the species for being “pretty frequent however not often seen; energetic primarily at nightfall and daybreak”. If all people known as me fats, I might act the identical manner – solely come out at night time to feed.

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