Last year or maybe the year before there was a huge mortality event of woodcock 
in nyc during a snowstorm. Birds can exercise different strategies when 
migrating. Get there early and get best breeding territory while risking 
encountering death dealing weather. 

The discussion the other day referred to local non-migratory birds already 
loosely on territory all winter and lengthening days elicit territorial 
singing. Also birds do call on speaking to each or her all throughout the year. 
This is different than singing. 

Thanks Sandy. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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> On Feb 27, 2018, at 3:14 PM, Sandy Wold <> wrote:
> Last time I wrote on early territorial calling behavior, several people wrote 
> and "definitively" asserted that this breeding behavior is day 
> light-dependent.  ...but if it is "definitively" dependent on the amount of 
> light in a day, then why would the woodcock be showing up a week or so 
> earlier?Could there be a gene that tells a woodcock to migrate when the fat 
> reserves are high enough?  and if these woodcocks are from a coastal 
> location, as suggested by Pete, then it seems to me that the coastal 
> woodcocks are responding to temperature, or is this a random group of 
> woodcocks who have enough fat reserves and are willing to be hungry in order 
> to get the best breeding spot, so.... maybe it's worth it? And are they 
> eating if they show up in a snow storm?  Very interesting to ponder! 
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