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Saturday, March 4th - Return of the TwilightTimberdoodle Trek

Destination: Forum Nature Area

Departure Point: Songbird Station, 2010 Chapel Plaza Court C, Columbia, MO 

Leader: Eric Wood               

Contact Info:   [log in to unmask]  or 573-673-0215

Meet atSongbird Station’s parking lot at 5:30 pm. The goal for this evening field trip is to hear and see (hopefully!) thetwilight mating ritual of the American Woodcock (AKA Timberdoodle).  Please bring a flashlight.


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

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

We’llreturn to Songbird Station around 7:00 pm.


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


 
 Eric Wood Columbia MO [log in to unmask]

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