Saturday, March 14th Return of the Twilight Timberdoodle Trek

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Departure PointSongbird Station, 2010 Chapel Plaza Court C, Columbia, MO

Leader: Kevin Wehner                 

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Meet at Songbird Station’s parking lot at 7:00 pm.  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.”

We’ll return to Songbird Station around 8:00 pm for pre-bedtime milk and cookies (seriously!)

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

 

 

Lori Turner

Columbia Audubon Society

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