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Scolopax  rusticola

The woodcock is perhaps the most spectacular of the Royal National City Park’s birds in the spring. Its discreet camouflaged colouring when on the ground is in sharp contrast to its spectacular appearance when it ‘rodes’ (displays) on spring evenings. One needs merely to sit at the marsh of Ugglevikskällan near the Royal Institute of Technology in Lill-Jans forest and wait. Just after sunset, when the dusk is falling, is usually the best time to see woodcock roding. Suddenly, a sharp ‘pssitt’, ‘rork rork psitt’ can be heard and a chubby round-bellied bird comes in bat-like flight over the tree tops. Its long straight beak is only visible when close up. Several renewed flights and the show is over. This mating display can be abruptly ended by the male diving down to the female on the ground. A number of woodcock overwinter in Sweden but most fly south in October.



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