Saturday, February 23, 2013

Woodcock Watch

The spring courtship ritual of this unique bird is a treat to behold.

Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist on Thursday, February 28th at 5:30pm as we spy on the male woodcock as he struts his stuff and shows off his aerobatics for the ladies. Quite an unusual looking “shore”-bird, the woodcock is present most of the year, but we only get good looks during its short mating season. Meet at the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West) and we’ll carpool to our viewing location. Please be sure to pre-register by calling the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 in the event that we need to change our date to mesh up with the ground thaw (and the start of the mating season). Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them.

For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please visit our website at

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