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Pets & Their People: BIRDWATCH: SECRET INVADERS.

Byline: MARK WARD

WOODS are full of secretive woodcocks with the arrival of many from the continent to swell our population.

These cryptically-camouflaged waders skulk in the undergrowth where they are virtually invisible against the fallen leaves but become active at dusk and fly out to feed by streams and on waterlogged ground.

They are an unmistakable sight in flight, with big, barrel chests, long beaks and broad, round wings. Their flexible beaks have super sensitive tips to easily locate worms and slugs.

They also have excellent eyesight with 180-degree vision.

-A NORTH American Grey-cheeked Thrush was swept on to St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly by the late October gales.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2002
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