Talks & Treks: Evening Woodcock Walk

Photo: Marie Read


6:30 – 8:30 PM – Meet at the United Health Services parking lot at 54 Main St. in Candor (see directions).


Logan Hill Nature Preserve – town of Candor


Please call (607) 275-9487 or email to register.


Evenings in the spring bring ample opportunity to witness the stunning breeding display of the American Woodcock. To attract the attention of a female, the male performs a series of upward spirals to reach a height of 200-350 feet in the air, producing a harmonious twittering sound as he goes. He zigzags down, chirping all the way, and then lands silently —hopefully, next to a female. Join us at the Logan Hill Preserve, just outside the village of Candor, for this special birding trip led by Nature Preserve Manager Jason Gorman and long-time volunteer and naturalist Betsy Darlington in search of this spectacular bird. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight or headlamp, as it will be dark when we return to our cars.  This trip will be rescheduled for the following day—Sunday, April 29—in the case of pouring rain, but not light rain. Please note: this trip involves some limited but steep climbs over rocky terrain.

Also, watch this American Woodcock video by Lang Elliott (, in preparation for this event.



From Ithaca, take Rt. 96B south towards Danby and drive approximately 18 miles to Candor. At the first gas station in Candor, turn right on Mill St., cross the creek, and turn left at the T intersection onto Rt. 96 – Main St. After passing Candor Central School on the left, turn left into the United Health Services parking lot at 54 Main St. Land Trust volunteers will determine, based on the number of attendees, if a carpool to the preserve is necessary. The parking area of the preserve cannot accommodate more than ten cars.


Except in the case of extreme weather, walks go rain, sun or snow. Please check our Facebook page or this web page for updates.

Please refrain from bringing dogs as they may impede the observation of wildlife.

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