Watching Woodcocks: Supper and Saunter
The woodcock is usually hard to find, quietly probing the soil for earthworms with its long bill and camouflaging itself perfectly amidst the leaf litter. That is, except in the springtime dusk, when the males show off for females by giving loud, nasal calls and performing dazzling aerial displays.
If you have never witnessed the woodcock show, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island would like to change that with a Friday evening after-dinner walk – where the dinner is actually included in the ticket price. The evening starts at 6 pm at Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge (12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI) where you begin with a supper of soup, salad and fresh bread while you enjoy an introduction to the woodcock and its exuberant mating flights. Then you venture outdoors to either Powder Mill Ledges or nearby Newman Wildlife Refuge to view and listen for the mating flights and songs.
Kids 12 and over are welcome; $35 non-members ($30 members.) You must pre-register by 5 pm on April 5: firstname.lastname@example.org or online. The evening program will be postponed in the event of rain or otherwise poor viewing conditions. Bring a flashlight, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.