National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Postcard Series. Woodcock (Philohela minor) The warmly-hued little Woodcock has long been a great favorite among our game birds. His range covers eastern North America and he is most frequently found in damp coverts or open upland woods. He nest on the ground - but it takes a keen observer to locate it so well does it merge with the natural cover. The Woodcock is particularly found of angleworms and his southward flight is largely governed by frosts which make this staple food no longer available. The whistling flight is swift but rarely of a prolonged nature. During the mating season, the male Woodcock emits a repeated nasal "peent" - spirals up swiftly in short courting flights and descends again to strut proudly around the hen.