wells national estuarine research reserve

Woodcock Watch

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm View more Events

woodcockWoodcock enthusiast Paul Dest leads this walk in search of the famed timberdoodle. Paul is well versed in the woodcock’s life history, conservation status, and management, and is an engaging presenter.

In early spring, just before dawn or just after sunset, landscapes of field and young forest come alive with the unique sounds of the American woodcock. This migratory bird is a sure sign of spring, but is not so obvious as the robin or the red-wing.

These woods-dwelling shorebirds begin to claim their territories around the middle of March. Over just a few weeks, the male performs a display that impresses both female woodcocks and lucky human observers. The bird spirals high above the earth while creating a high-pitched twittering with its wing feathers. The display, soon cloaked by darkness, can last many seconds. Back on the ground, the woodcock repeats nasal “peent” notes as it prepares for another flight.

The reserve manages grasslands and early-succession forests with woodcocks in mind, so it’s a great place to experience this fascinating ritual of spring.

Date & Time

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Regular Price: $7.00
Discounted Price: $5.00

For Wells Reserve programs, members of Laudholm Trust enjoy discount pricing.
Discounts offered for other programs, if any, are included in the full description above.


Required: To register, please call 207-646-1555.


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