I first heard those chirped, whistling sounds of a woodcock's aerial display on Tuesday, followed up by the diagnostic peents while the male is earthbound. Within a few days, I heard what may have been as many as four males performing their mating dance.
Several years ago, I encountered a woodcock in our front yard during the day. He did not fly when I came near, apparently secure in his camouflage. I quickly went inside and returned with my camera and was able to squeeze off one photo before the bird decided that this odd nearby creature might be a threat, which, of course, I wasn't. Perhaps, I will have another opportunity to photograph another one this coming week.