Reclusive and enigmatic, the woodcock is an object of cultlike devotion among its followers. A member of the sandpiper family, it’s the only upland gamebird that’s truly migratory—and that’s just to scratch the surface of the qualities that set it apart from its fast-flying cohorts. Here’s a quiz designed to test your knowledge of this wonderful but paradoxical inhabitant of the swamps, bogs, and bottomlands.
Tom Davis is a grizzled veteran of the woodcock wars and the author of "The Tattered Autumn Sky: Bird Hunting in the Heartland."
CC image of woodcock from Wikipedia.