Rails are compact marsh birds that fly with their legs dangling. Their diet includes aquatic plants, seeds, insects, frogs, crustaceans and mollusks. Traditionally Florida's migratory bird season begins in early September and starts with four species of rail clapper, king, sora and Virginia rails.
The common snipe, or Wilson snipe, has a long slender bill. The head, throat and back are streaked brown with black. It has a white belly. The snipe takes off in a zigzag flight, showing a short, orange tail. Snipe can be found in marshes and areas of standing water.
The woodcock, or timberdoodle, has a chunky, almost neckless body with short legs. It has a long slender bill used to probe for earthworms, which is their major food source. The woodcock's eyes are located near the top of its head so it can look for predators while eating. They occur mainly in forested areas of north Florida.
Source: FWC Hunter Education Program