Thu. Mar. 1, 2018

Meet at Rocky Fork Lakes CA parking lot at 5:30 p.m. finished by 7:00 p.m.

The goal for this evening field trip is to hear and see (hopefully!) the twilight mating ritual of the American Woodcock (AKA Timberdoodle).  Please bring a flashlight.

 

Here’s a description of the Timberdoodle’s mating behavior from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Woodcock/id :

“American Woodcock spend most of their time hidden in fields and on the forest floor, where they probe for earthworms. On spring nights, males perform very conspicuous displays, giving a buzzy peent call, and then launching into the air. Their erratic display flight includes a distinctive, twittering flight sound and ends with a steep dive back to the ground.”

 

For tips on ‘woodcocking’ check out ‘Looking for Mr. Woodcock’ on YouTube:  http://goo.gl/ExNoj1

Leader:  Lori Turner

Contact Info:  loricastrips@gmail.com