Woodcock Courtship Flights

Wed, Apr 20 , 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AHATS Readiness Center
Hamline Ave & Ben Franklin St,
Arden Hills, MN 55112

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Deep dusk displays of courting woodcock involve death defying dives.

This is a fun hunt! Once a year, recently, SPAS has received permission to be on the Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) to view dives from heights beyond imagination as the male woodcock woos on-looking females. They are not easy to see, and they only perform at dawn and dusk. (Sunset on this day is 8:05; moonrise on this day is at 6:44; the moon will be 98% illuminated.) The sound of his wings making a trilling and thrilling vibration help to pinpoint his landing spot from which he calls plaintively peent peent peent And what does she do? Come and observe!

Access and use of AHATS is currently restricted to persons 18 years of age and older.

Bring your flashlight with the strongest brightest light. Dress for standing as temperatures cool.

Arrive a few minutes early to meet and we will walk from the parking lot of the Readiness Center to the viewing site.

AHATS is a locked secure area, so the group can only move in and out all together.

Restriction: Birders must be 18 years or older.

Directions: From Hwy 96 and Hamline, go north on Hamline about 1/4 mile, straight ahead and through the gate at Ben Franklin Road, then first left into the large parking lot of the “Readiness Center – MN Army National Guard” building, which is two tone brown with REDDISH BROWN trim.

Registration: No registration required.

Difficulty: Easy.