American Woodcock Display [Video]
Today the Cattaraugus County Bird Club had a field trip to watch the display of the American Woodcock in Allegany State Park. We started a little after dinner searching for spring migrants but the main purpose of the trip was to find the American Woodcock.
We headed to my favorite wet meadow area around dusk and then the group waited. . . . ok we chatted some until we heard the birds first peents!! The American Woodcock does its peent calls for about 10 or 15 minutes before taking flight into the sky in a circular direction! The first American Woodcock that we observed doing this display was perfect since the group had a chance to watch the whole process before the sky started getting too dark! When taking flight the birds have a unique flight feather that allows him to create a whistle sound when heading towards the sky! After 2 or 3 circles, the bird will then return to the earth with the most beautiful lullabies that you will ever hear! The males will continue to repeat this process until it’s too dark or until the female chooses him to run away with her for the night! This video below is from last season but will help understand what the group was able to witnessed this evening!
I am so happy the group had a great time this evening and although a few people had a hard time hearing the peents . . . . most everyone was able to witness the birds in some part of its display. Now get out to a wet meadow near you and witness these activities yourself!
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