Even for birders the woodcock is a tricky bird to find

On Sunday evening in Fowl Meadow, FBH Board member Steve Olanoff led a group in search of the American Woodcock. Steve assured us that if we ever hear one, “we’re in for a treat.” The male has a rather unusual mating ritual which includes a low nasal call. He then flies in a spiral up 100 – 200 feet and descends in the same spiral manner.

We didn’t spot any on Sunday, but several other birders said they’ve been seeing them in Fowl Meadow. So if you’d like to see them – that’s still the place to try! In general, you’re best bet is going out at dawn and dusk.

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