RodingThe owl-like flight of the Woodcock Scolopax rusticola in which the bird flies over a more or less regular course giving two types of call, a low croak and a fairly high 'tsiwick'. This performance takes place in the dusk, as the Woodcock is crepuscular. It presumably has some significance in courtship.
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From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
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