Saturday, March 4th - Return of the Twilight Timberdoodle 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 at Songbird Station’s parking lot at 5:30 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 7:00 pm.
 
For tips on ‘woodcocking’ check out ‘Looking for Mr. Woodcock’ on YouTube:  http://goo.gl/ExNoj1
 
 
Eric Wood
Columbia MO


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