Trip to View American Woodcock Mating Display

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Meet at Food Lion in Hedgesville
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What: Trip to View Woodcock Mating Display

Where: Meet at the Food Lion parking lot in Hedgesville  (147 Roaring Lion Dr. Hedgesville) 

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM 

Cost: Free

Join local birding expert, Bob Dean, on an evening trip to observe the mating display of the American Woodcock.

This trip is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 10th. 

The event is free and anyone is welcome to join in. However, because it will be held on private property with limited parking, participation will be strictly limited to no more than 12 people and pre-registration is essential. Participants will carpool from the Food Lion Parking lot about 10 minutes to the event site.

This trip will offer a rare chance to see the spectacular mating display of one of North America's most reclusive woodland birds.

Also known as Timberdoodles, American Woodcocks are members of the Sandpiper family. Short, stocky birds with long bills, they spend most of their time on forest floors, foraging for earthworms and other invertebrates.

In the early spring, shortly after sunset, males seek female mates by going to clearings near the edges of forests and engaging in an elaborate and lengthy ritual. 

First, they strut about on the ground for about a minute or so, emitting a distinctive call in every direction. Then they fly up, circling higher and higher and making a whistling sound until they reach a height of several hundred feet. Then they abruptly and quickly dive back down to their strutting place, uttering yet another kind of call throughout their descent. This process is repeated over and over.

Bring along drinking water, dress warmly and wear sturdy walking shoes. Expect to possibly get a bit muddy.

If the weather is adverse on March 10, this trip will be rescheduled to the next evening, March 11.

For more information, please contact Krista Hawley at or 703-303-1026.

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