The woodcock, another forest bird, seldom shows himself in broad

daylight except when hunted; then he will rise a few feet, fly a short

distance, drop and run, hiding again as quickly as he can. You will know

the woodcock from the ruffed grouse by his _long bill_, his short legs,

and his very short tail. He frequents the banks of wooded streams or the

bogs of the forests and, like the grouse, nests on the ground; but the

woodcock's nest seldom contains more than four eggs.