Talks & Treks: Evening Woodcock Walk

An American Woodcock

Photo: Marie Read

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6:30 – 8:30 PM


Canandaigua Vista Nature Preserve—town of Canandaigua


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 Canandaigua Vista Nature Preserve for this special birding trip led by Nature Preserve Manager Jason Gorman 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, May 1—in the case of pouring rain, but not light rain.

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



From Canandaigua, take Bristol Street to State Route 21 South for approx. 6 miles. Turn right onto Jones Road and drive one half-mile to find the parking area on the left.


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

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

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