Woodcocks peent, peent, peent sounding like road runners
Human ears wait for the whirring feathers, then eyes squint and gaze into the sky as the shorebird circles higher and higher
Chirpity chirpy chirpy
The woodcock returns to the spot where he started
This evening, however, woodcocks are not sure about boundaries
After a few peents,
Two woodcocks fly into the sky in tandem
Wings noisy, gutteral syrinx noises
It is a fight to the top of the sky
They return, still in fight mode.
Then, all is quiet.
It is too dark to see.
—Sheryl DeVore, Author
In regards to a recent story on the Chicago Tribune about Cooper’s hawks terrorizing ducks at a zoo, here’s some extra information: Cooper’s hawk was once endangered in the State of Illinois. When DDT was banned, its numbers began to rise and now it can be seen in neighborhoods where there are bird feeders and songbirds at the feeders. The Cooper’s hawk is much more apt to take a small songbird than a full grown duck. It is a natural part of the avifauna of Illinois.