Timberdoodle Sky Dance

Timberdoodle Sky Dance

A Story by Patricia Wedel

Known as the American Woodcock ...  

having the wildest mating rituals-- 

the Sky Dance of the Timberdoodle during 

dusk or dawn, the male Woodcock soars in 

a tornado-like spiral to between 250 and 300 feet 

in the air... then he begins a descent like a 

falling leaf, slipping sideways... diving headlong and 

finally whirs his wings upon landing... 

He repeats a call of "pent" to any receptive female Woodcock.  

The Annual Spring Bird Migration with Song Birds returning to Michigan  

after a Winter down South... 

© 2021 Patricia Wedel


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I have heard them, but never seen them dance:) I have spotted them once or twice and when I have I always laugh because they look rather disproportionate:/ I didn't know what they were called until I read your poem:) I always assumed they were some kind of odd tern! Leave it to you to help me make a new discovery:)

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

dear Robert... I discovered the Timberdoodles in a Bird and Bloom magazine, and then I Googled more .. read more



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What a lovely description of the woodcock's mating dance; flying so high, then diving sideways; surely you can call it a dance; I've never seen it, but would love to. And, of course the female is awaiting his call.
imagery is paramount to this well told tale Pat.
Yours truly
B.

Posted 3 Months Ago




........... tis simply amazing what one might see, just by keeping an eye on the sky isn't it ... not only enjoyed .. but an education too .. bless ya Pat and truly :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

dear Neville... an amazing occasion to hear from you ... just when we thought there was nothing new .. read more
I enjoyed this poem about birds. It was ery interesting!

Posted 4 Months Ago


Wow, never heard of them, Wonderful,delightful read

Posted 4 Months Ago


I have listened to a conservationist (from the 1920s) describe them and like your words I am lulled by the unfolding vista.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

dearest Cherry... your review is a lullaby of honoring the innate feathery feelings that permeate th.. read more
I have heard them, but never seen them dance:) I have spotted them once or twice and when I have I always laugh because they look rather disproportionate:/ I didn't know what they were called until I read your poem:) I always assumed they were some kind of odd tern! Leave it to you to help me make a new discovery:)

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

dear Robert... I discovered the Timberdoodles in a Bird and Bloom magazine, and then I Googled more .. read more
https://youtu.be/EV2-ZCpoLi4

Had to look for some videos, Pat., found the above but not flying .. will keep on searching however. What an incredible bird.. have heard of woodcocks but never seen them on the move. Must keep on looking and will. Thank you for such wonderful words and more. (Pat)

Posted 4 Months Ago


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emmajoy

4 Months Ago

When something catches my interest re. plants, creatures and like.. 'need research and try to cram .. read more
Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

Hi Em... we do have mental photos in our Brain ... which is a Phenomenon for certain. Be Brave and .. read more
emmajoy

4 Months Ago

So very true, Petal and - thank you. :)
oh my goodness... i would never have known of the Timberdoodle .. what a great name! amazing flight courtship! thanks Pat! This is why all young men must learn to dance. :)))))))))))))))
E.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

dear Gene... this was a Fun Poem... and Nature has many
ways of seduction to keep their fea.. read more
Thank you dear Pat for sharing the amazing poetry. I love your nature poetry. Nature allowed us to see the mystery of the beauty of nature. A outstanding poem.
Coyote

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

dear John... the Dance 💃 by the Sea is still the way to seduce a lover... and a bit of Nectar to .. read more
Coyote Poetry

4 Months Ago

I enjoyed this poem dear Pat and you are welcome.
I've neither seen an American Woodcock nor their mating display so I have missed out big time on both accounts
Watched an Attenborough thingy a while back and have to say it is extremely surprising just what some of these potential husbands go through for a bit of whoopy
Take care down there

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

dear Dave... I appreciate your cheerful and humorous review. So much to know about our winged frien.. read more
Dave Brown

4 Months Ago

unfortunately Pat, I am a computer dumbbell and need, rather than can assist with computing issues, .. read more
Patricia Wedel

4 Months Ago

Hi Dave... since each of us has a different type of Computer it makes it more difficult to learn fro.. read more

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Mother of Robert and Edie Marie... Grandmother of Ethan age 17 and Madeline age 13; also Shannah age 8 and sister Kahless age 6; Married to Roger, a man of Letters, retired. Living in Fredericksbu.. more..

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