The American Woodcock.

These birds love worms, however, at times the ground is very dry so the worms go deeper and are hard for the woodcock to find.  But, it has a unique way of dealing with this little problem.  The woodcock uses its wings to drum on the surface of the ground, and…up come the worms.  Why?  The woodcock is actually mimicking the sound of raindrops hitting the ground.  When the worms hear this sound they think it has started to rain and come up to the surface!  And the woodcock has lunch.  How did this bird figure out how to do this?  Simple, it didn’t need to figure it out, God gave it this ability, it didn’t happen by chance slowly over millions of years.  I think the woodcock would have died from hunger before that happened.

Other cool facts…

Its eyes are located quite high on its head allowing it to see 360 degrees!  So this bird can see in front and behind with an overlapping vision.  How cool is that?!  The ears of this bird are located between the eyes and the bill and that enables it to easily detect any underground movement of the worms.  Plus, its feet are amazingly designed to feel even the tiny ground vibrations from the worm which helps it the woodcock to pinpoint the worms location.

That’s not all…

Its bill has a flexible tip which actually allows it to open and close even in tiny spaces. And it has highly sensitive nerve endings so that the woodcock knows when it has the worm grasped safely in its bill!

Wow!

Just imagine, all these complicated parts of the woodcock must be in place at the same time just for the bird to survive.  All this didn’t come together by chance, God did it.  What an amazing and awesome God we have!  This is the same God that watches over us with even greater care than for the woodcock!

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”  Psalm 95:2,3 KJV.

I hope you have enjoyed another brief look at God’s awesome creation, God bless!

Steve.

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