Thursday, March 8th - Return of the Twilight
Destination: Rocky Fork
Departure Point: 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.
“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.”