I was so happy last night at dusk to go out and hear not one, not two, but at least three male American woodcocks!
The woodcock, Scolopax minor, is a strange little bird, a sort of sandpiper-looking guy that lives in the woods and eats earthworms like a robin.
We moved here years ago at the end of January. When March came around, I went outdoors in the late evening and heard this strange, buzzy "beep" coming from the back of the property. Sometimes I would hear an equally strange chirring or whistling sound, almost bat-like, coming from overhead. Eventually I figured out that both of these noises were bird noises, woodcock noises.
If you have the bandwidth, listen to the sound file at Cornell. It's really hard to describe, but it's so distinctive, and yet another sign of spring.