State of the Birds

American Woodcock
Scolopax minor

Although the American Woodcock is widespread as a breeder in Massachusetts, the disappearance of early successional habitat and the fact that the species is still legally hunted could negatively affect it in the future.
Conservation Status
Monitor to Ensure Stability

Tracking This Bird In Massachusetts

Climate Vulnerability Score
Highly Vulnerable
Mass Audubon Mean likelihood of occurrence (current)
0.61
Mass Audubon Mean likelihood of occurrence (2050)
0.42
Mass Audubon Absolute change in likelihood of occurrence
-0.19
U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Bird Atlas (Hadly Hi emissions scenario)a
n/a
National Audubon Societyb
Climate Threatened
a USFS model data for Massachusetts by 2100
b National Audubon Society's Climate Change Atlas was completed on a continental scale.
Breeding Bird Atlas
Atlas I Blocks
370
Atlas II Blocks
574
Percent of state occupied - Atlas I
38
Percent of state occupied - Atlas II
55
Percent change
133
Breeding Bird Survey
Annual trend 1966-2010
-4.8%
P-value
not significant
Number of routes
13
Recent trend 2000-2010
-5.2%
Christmas Bird Count
Trend (1963-2008)
-0.5
Significantly different than zero
no
Trend (1963-1979)
4.3
Significantly different than zero
no
Trend (1979-2008)
-3
Significantly different than zero
no

Habitat Usage

Breeding
Forest, Grassland, Shrubland, Urban and Suburban
Wintering
Shrubland

Additional Information

Climate Suitability Current and 2050