American Woodcock Spring Ritual - B

March 28, 2023 (Tuesday) 6:15-7:45pm


Ipswich River Park, North Reading


Dave Williams - Birder Naturalist






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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 four walks:

A Session: Thursday, March 23, 6:15-7:45 pm at Mary Cummings Park, Blanchard St., Burlington
B Session: Wednesday, March 28, 6:15-7:45 pm at Ipswich River Park, North Reading
C Session: Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8:00 pm at Joppa Flats
D Session: Friday, April 14, 7:00-8:30 pm at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Ipswich River Park, North Reading. 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 optional outdoors.

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.

Meeting Place:

Ipswich River Park, North Reading
Email [email protected] for more information.