A woodcock nest

Paul and I were cruising a property for a Managed Forest Law plan a couple of weeks back, and while I was walking along the boundary between a young aspen stand and an old field, I flush a woodcock. She held very tight. My foot was about a foot from the nest. I was surprised how big the egg were. Scott Walter, a KWC board member and Regional Biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society said that the eggs mature at different rates. When the first egg is laid, the fourth egg is just starting to form the yolk.