I saw a bird in my yard today and it had the coloration on it's back like a ruffed grouse. It had a red throat or a red breast.
It was the size of a woodcock and had a long bill like a woodcock but not quite as long. I'm thinking it was some type of woodpecker but I can't figure it out. It was on the ground pecking at the soil looking for food.
A snipe or woodcock is almost a dead ringer and if it wasn't for the red throat I would have just told my kids (with confidence) that it was a woodcock.
We are in NE Ohio if that helps.