I read your report with interest. I believe that Wolf Island is the  
site of some 85 major wind turbines, now in operation. I am wondering  
how their presence affects the woodcocks' "sky dance". And I also  
wonder how the winter Short-eared Owl population is faring.

Bob McGuire
On Aug 18, 2011, at 12:30 PM, Janet McGraw wrote:

> Last week while vacationing on Wolfe Island in the Thousand  
> Islands(Wolfe is a large island but very quiet and mainly rural/ 
> agricultural) I was driving after sunset on one of the dirt/gravel  
> roads that compose most of the island when I saw a woodcock sitting  
> toward the side of the road. It did not move for a couple of minutes  
> and I was able to get a photograph of it in the headlights before it  
> flew off into the night sky. Wolfe Island offers perfect woodcock  
> habitat, with many unused fields and scrub. I continued driving and  
> about a quarter mile away from where I saw the woodcock, suddenly in  
> the headlights on the dirt/gravel road ahead several small birds  
> flushed up and flew away from the road. This happened at least three  
> times as I drove slowly down the road, but I could never get a good  
> sighting of these birds, other than they were small (robin-sized or  
> smaller) and flew up suddenly ahead. There were probaly a dozen  
> altogether. There were no other vehicles on this road. I was  
> wondering if anyone could tell me what birds these might be. I'm not  
> sure if they were young woodcocks (as I know they are active at dawn  
> and dusk), or something else. My husband surmised that they were  
> swallows (of which we saw hundreds on the telephone wires on the  
> island, gathering for migration), but I didn't think they would be  
> on the roadway at night. Any help regarding identification of these  
> birds would be appreciated.
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