BBond, do you know of any reports of woodcock nesting in GA? I had 1 fly by me early in the morning at Berry College WMA on 4/23 which I thought was odd to see it still in GA. I also talked to a couple of guys at Pine Log who had seen a clutch a couple of weeks before that.
None of the birds we've transmittered nested here. Now we've received reports over the years of woodcocks in GA when nesting should occur. We expected to maybe see that with these birds but didn't. You can look on ebird and look during Spring and Summer over the years and there are reports in GA of woodcocks (seen/heard). So overall birds staying here are in the minority for sure.
Last year all of ours were mainly up in the East. We had a couple go straight north but then curved east when they were around Ohio.
This year however we have birds in MN, MI and IN so some of our birds acted different this year.
Out of 60ish birds banded (of which 12 were transmittered) from last year 2 returned back to the same area in GA they were caught on. One was harvested (transmittered - Bird had travelled to the eastern edge of Quebec) and another we recaptured this year and saw the band was a bird from last year. So that was pretty cool.
Well it looks like the birds are settled for the summer. They are in the same states as May 6th. Only one has even changed counties. So not sure what if any updates I will give unless one makes a move.
IN = 1 (no new locations in 4 weeks and shows it's in a crop field, so not promising news)
ME = 1
MI = 1
MN = 1
NY = 2
PA = 1
WV = 2
Quebec Canada = 1