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Sky Dance of the Woodcock

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An American Woodcock using its natural camouflage in scrub brush

This time of year nature lovers and ornithophiles alike can go out and witness the wild and wonderful mating displays of a strange looking little bird, the American Woodcock.  

"It's nothing I can define, it's nothing tangible, but boy, you spend a few evenings in the woods or on the edge of the woods watching these guys, and they just get into your heart like few other species can," says naturalist Greg Hoch.

On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoch about his new book, "Sky Dance of the Woodcock: The Habits and Habitats of a Strange Little Bird," and how he fell in love with these unique birds.