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And to that end, sure signs that winter is giving away to spring are the calling of spring peepers (extra loud today) and the displaying of male American woodcocks (Scolopax minor), stocky camouflaged upland shorebirds that "peeeeeent" to find a mate.
Join me for this annual rite of spring! This Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. (Because of the recent rain and mud we moved it to the 21st) is Ijams' annual woodcock walk in search for the displaying males. It's open to all ages. Join as we search for the secret locations for the whimsical mating display of male woodcocks, a.k.a. timberdoodles. Filled with struts, peents, flutters and tweets, it is one of the most unique performances in the birding world.
Plus Peg’s kitchen will also be serving a traditional soupy supper to warm our bellies before we go adventuring. And NO we do not eat the woodcock.
The fee for this program is $10 for Ijams members and $15 for non-members. Dress for MUDDY conditions and bring a flashlight. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.
Each year we search at twilight in big boggy fields. Here's a peek a woodcock walk search in 2013. Click: Woodcocks in March.