The Ridges Sanctuary

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Flight of the Timberdoodle!

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 by Katie Krouse   Comments Off on Flight of the Timberdoodle! | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Perfectly camouflaged against  leaf litter, the brown-mottled Timberdoodle walks along the forest floor, probing the soil with its long bill in search of earthworms. Also known as the American Woodcock, this little bird lives in young forests and shrubby fields where its coloring and low-profile behavior make it hard to find — except in the springtime.

At this time of year these plump, short-legged birds arrive from the south and the males court females by performing a spectacular circular flight, returning to earth at the same spot where they began!

You can join a Ridges naturalist on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 PM to learn about this rotund little shorebird and to observe its distinctive courtship sky dance.  Stick around for refreshments and a campfire afterwards.  Bring the kids – they will love this!  We mayalso get to hear some Great Horned owls and some spring peepers.  Our naturalists have been out on the trails, and they report that life is beginning to stir in the ridges and swales of the Sanctuary.

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