Now that the weather has improved, we have woodcock displaying at Kindrogan again, right over the centre buildings.
Woodcock are waders that live in woodland. Like their close relative the snipe, male woodcock advertise their presence with a territorial display, but whereas snipe are said to ‘drum’, woodcock have a slow deliberate ‘roding’ flight around their territory at dusk and dawn. You normally hear them first, a good warning to look up for the bird flying overhead. The call is very distinctive, more like a frog than a bird; croak croak squeak, croak croak squeak.
So, next time you hear a frog flying overhead, watch for the silhouette of the roding woodcock against the night sky. If you miss it, wait a few minutes and it will come around again.