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Join the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest at a Saturday evening campfire and then at dusk head over with us to observe the ritual mating flight of the Timberdoodle, the American Woodcock.
Last year, we had great luck and most of us got great views of these plump “shorebirds”, with the funky bill and eyes which seem not to look forward, arrive from the south. The males display for the females by performing an elaborate circular flight display and then plummet to earth while making bizarre whirring sounds and then return to earth at the same spot where it began!
Sunset is at 7:11 on April 4th.
No dogs tonight please. But kids old enough to stand quietly for a couple of minutes will love this! Four years ago, after it got dark, we were able to do some great stargazing on a crystal clear night.
Campfire Information– Weather permitting, we will light a campfire in the amphitheater behind the Headquarters at about 5:30pm.
Glenn d’Entremont, our bird guru, will offer a quick introduction to what we are hoping to see.
At around 6:30 PM. we will drive over to the fields on Cutter Field Road where Glenn will lead us as we listen to and observe the flight display of the American Woodcock. (More info on the American Woodcock (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Woodcock/lifehistory), including photos and audio of their call are available online.) (photo courtesy of Frank Mand.)