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Quite a rare breeding species in Dorset and seen more often as a visitor in hard winters.

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Common Name Woodcock
Scientific Name Scolopax rusticola
Species Group Birds Sandpipers
Status Scarce
Interest Level
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
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Birds 'roding' over suitable habitat at dusk (see notes!)

Identification Notes
  • In the breeding season woodock fly around their territories making a low croaking call - this behaviour is known as roding
  • Being crepuscular and also nocturnal they are rarely seen
  • This is a scarce breeding species in Dorset but numbers are certainly boosted in winter by incoming migrant birds 
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