American Woodcock Spring Ritual

Sponsored by Joppa Flats
March 30, 2022 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00pm


Ipswich River Park, North Reading


Dave Williams - Birder-Naturalist/Birder's Certificate Program graduate






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With the first hints of spring, American Woodcocks return locally to breed, and the resulting courtship display is not to be missed! After a series of nasal peent calls, the male springs into the air and begins to spiral upward, often to nearly 300 feet. Then, he zigzags his way to the ground like a falling leaf, often landing at almost the exact point of takeoff. We'll observe this impressive display and discuss the many unique adaptations of this unlikely little shorebird.

Choose from one of three walks:

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30-8:00 pm at Ipswich River Park in North Reading
Friday, April 15, 7:00-8:30 pm at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield
Tuesday, April 29, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Newburyport area

Instructions and Directions:

Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather and the terrain. Bring a field guide, binoculars, and a scope if you have one. Masks are required for indoor bathroom use; they are optional outdoors. Bathroom facilities may not be available.

Mass Audubon's cancellation policy: If you wish to withdraw less than seven days prior to the program, refunds cannot be issued. If we cancel the program, you will be refunded in full.

Registration is required.
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For more information, contact:

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
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