Name That (Injured) Bird

Haven’t done a Hoboken Wildlife piece in a while, and it just so happens that a strange bird got injured somehow near 228 Madison Street at around 9:15am yesterday.

411 reader Frank Soto was kind enough to send the pictures in. He noted that the HPD was called in and Newark Animal Control eventually took the injured fowl away. Whether or not they plucked it and deep fried it is another story.

Just like the Hoboken Eagle Hawk, can you name this bird?

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See more pics of this sad animal after the break.

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9 Comments on "Name That (Injured) Bird"

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I shall hold it and hug it and squeeze it and call it George!

Oh, you meant the breed? 😳

trueblue11
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trueblue11

I believe it’s an American Woodcock. i found one several years ago and brought it to the Raptor Trust ( a fascinating place)
they tried to save it but it was too weak and dehydrated.

http://sdakotabirds.com/species/american_woodcock_info.htm

krewedetat
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krewedetat

SFH, I agree. I hope “animal control” did the right thing for our feathered friend and sent him to The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ.

SFH
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“Whether or not they plucked it and deep fried it is another story”. Tsk, tsk–that’s not nice 😆 Seriously, no doubt, depending on its injuries, it was sent to a wildlife rehabilitator. BTW, those are some great pictures.

JAHoboken
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JAHoboken

Yep, looks like a Bittern. Probably here waiting for the next flood. Also sounds a lot like most Hoboken boys looking for that special someone:

The American Bittern has a remarkable, though rarely seen, courtship display. The male arches his back, exposing whitish plumes, shortens his neck, dips his breast forward, and “booms” at the female. Both members of the pair engage in a complicated aerial display flight. Bitterns spend most of their lives in concealment, stepping slowly and methodically through the reeds in search of food. When approached, it prefers to freeze and trust its concealing coloration rather than flush like other herons. When an observer is nearby, it will often stretch its neck up, point its bill skyward, and sway slowly from side to side, as if imitating waving reeds. If this doesn’t fool the intruder, the bittern will fly off, uttering a low barking call.

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