We had a very successful event tonight! Ten members of Jackson Audubon came out to the Riethmiller Rd. prairie in Waterloo Recreation area. After all the ducks, geese, and Sandhills flew over and settled in for the evening, the show began.
We were looking all around for the first signs of a woodcock when we realized he was sitting on the trail about 30-40 feet from us! There was still good light at 8:05, so he showed up well in the scope. After we were able to get a good look at him, he flew off for what would be the first of his many displays. During his flight he paired with another woodcock. This is a pattern no one in our group had ever seen before.
The displays continued and we were able to see about six more flights. Each time our performer came down in about the same area on the trail so we were able to continue to observe him in the scope. The full moon really helped with visibility. While in flight, he flew to the west of us, so the receding sunset made a great backdrop for his display.
We ran out of light and called it a night about 8:40.
Notable species seen:
American Tree Sparrow
Full checklist of 14 species available at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54030078