Nuptial Flight of the Woodcock

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Monday, April 02, 2018
6:45pm
Shining Sea Bikeway - Locust Street Parking Lot
Shining Sea Bikeway - Locust Street Parking Lot
157 Locust St.
Falmouth, MA 02540
Latitude: 41.551989
Longitude: -70.626891

With the arrival of spring comes the chance to observe the annual ritual of male woodcocks during their twilight courtship displays. At dusk, these reclusive woodland birds make their way out of the nearby woods to strut, call, and launch themselves into the air in a wide, spiraling flight from which they whirr and twitter, and then zig zag back to the ground where they began. With luck, the male will win a female’s heart and attention!

Join The 300 Committee at the Shining Sea Bikeway parking lot on Locust Street, where we’ll gather before crossing Woods Hole Road together and strolling a short way down the bike path to the viewing area. Please bring a flashlight and binoculars if you have them, although the nearly full  moon will heighten visibility. Make sure to dress warmly, as these early spring evenings can be very chilly! Drizzle or driving rain or snow will cancel the walks. All walks are free and open to the public. Beginning birders are especially welcome to join the walks.

Cost: Free

For more information:
Phone: (508) 540-7652
Category: The 300 Committee
Hosted By: The 300 Committee
Free Event
American woodcock next to a fallen log
Discover the fascinating springtime mating ritual of the American woodcock. (Image: Don/Flickr)

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