**SOLD OUT** Come join us for a Woodcock and Whiskey Walk and enjoy an opportunity to witness the amazing courtship dance of the American Woodcock at Bent of the River Audubon Center.
Also known as “timberdoodle,” the male woodcock flies to his singing grounds at sunset and gives a short, high-pitched insect-like single note call, which he may repeat as many as 200 times in five minutes. Then he flies in a low circle about 200 feet in diameter, then climbs higher and higher, the diameter of the circle decreasing, until he is 200 to 300 feet in the air. His rapid wing beats create a musical sound as he climbs. At the apex of his flight, he sings a variable series of liquid notes. We'll enjoy all this while sipping a little Whiskey, courtesy of the Litchfield Distillery.
- Ages 21 & up are welcome
- $25 per person
- Pre-registration is required, select here to register.
Meet at the entrance parking lot of Bent of the River Audubon Center. Please arrive 10 minutes early, so that we can start on time.
Please dress for the weather—warm boots, hats, gloves, and dressing in layers is important. We will have to stand still and quiet to be able to watch the display Also, bring a flashlight, though be prepared that we will limit the use of flashlights to maintain our night eyesight. If you have your own binoculars, they may help, but not always useful in the dark.
For questions or to be added to our wait list, please contact Kate Pratt at Kathleen.Pratt@audubon.org or 203-405-9113.
Thank you Litchfield Distillery for your generous donation of an assortment of bourbons for the evening!
American Woodcock. Photo: Steve Byland / Adobe Stock
Bent of the River Audubon Center is a 700-acre nature sanctuary and education center located in Southbury, Connecticut. We are part of the Audubon Connecticut state office of the National Audubon Society and Atlantic Flyway. Our mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our trails, nature programs, and conservation-themed events throughout the year.