Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Woodcocks Take Flight

On 3/25/07 a group from Newton Community Farm visited Nahanton park to observe the mating flights of the American Woodcock. With the decline of agriculture, and associated wet meadows, old fields, and thickets, the American Woodcock has become less common in Massachusetts. In most years, small numbers of woodcock breed in Nahanton park. At dusk in early spring, these birds can be observed doing dramatic flight displays as part of their mating ritual.

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