Tony and I took a walk down through Red Barn this morning in hopes of finding sign that the woodcock were taking advantage of the strips we had rototilled.  We had 1.25″ of rain yesterday so thought it would be wet enough for the birds to use the strips.  There were a couple of spots where there were some holes in the soft ground that might have been borings that had been partially wiped out by the rain and were not definitive.  The borings in the picture below are definitive and recent.  We won’t know for sure for a couple more weeks when we take Jack down through the cover to conduct a census, but we remain optimistic.  The weather in May was perfect for the woodcock hatch.  The male here at the house is still singing every night.

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