crescent moon

a timberdoodle’s high
fluttery whistle

“Timberdoodle” is a better name than “woodcock” for the following reasons:

  1. It’s more fun to say. And it’s a fun bird! I mean if you have a taste for the bizarre.
  2. It sounds more like what the bird does, noodling in the ground and doodling in the air. “Woodcock” suggests merely an unhealthy obsession with the bird’s gargantuan honker.
  3. It’s actually two syllables fewer than “American woodcock,” which is what you’d otherwise have to say to avoid confusing British readers, who’d think you meant their own woodcock.
  4. Fewer mysterious blocks or disappearances of your text on the internet by overreactive “parental settings” software.

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