Woodcocks are easiest to find at dusk in the springtime, when the male performs a marvelous display flight, or “sky dance.” We will attempt to locate a woodcock or two this evening by visiting a nearby property where they are common. It can be difficult to locate the bird in dim light, so we will listen for the distinctive, buzzy peent call given by the male. We will make our best attempt to spot a displaying woodcock, as it is an experience not to be missed!
Prior to looking for woodcocks, we will be joined by a very special guest, Michael Boardman, Maine based wildlife artist. He will lead a sketching workshop for all levels. This will include basic instruction, a quick demo and practice time sketching from a Woodcock bird mount. You are invited to bring your own journal if you have one. If not, we will provide everything you need.
We will also enjoy a pizza dinner at the University of New England campus. If you are planning to attend this field trip, please RSVP to the email invitation you received and put in your topping preference for a personal-sized pizza from Pizza by Alex. (The pizza dinner will be covered by MYBC.)
After learning how to draw these beautiful birds and munching down some pizza, we'll head out into the evening to look for woodcocks.
LOGISTICS: Dress in layers and wear comfortable, WATERPROOF shoes. We will be trekking through some wet, muddy fields, so rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots are best.
Also bring the following: hat & gloves, warm coat, filled water bottle, binoculars, and a backpack in which you'll keep your stuff. A journal is optional for the sketching workshop. If you do not have binoculars, MYBC will provide you with a pair.
MEET UP and PICK UP: Meet us at 5:00 pm at the UNE (11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford) parking lot next to the Student Academic Success Center along Hills Beach Road (see map below). We will be birding until 9:00 pm. Please arrive back at the UNE parking lot to pick up your child at 9:00 pm.