Bird watchers and nature fans of all kinds have another chance to spot an unusual and elusive bird in Union County parks. A “Woodcock Walk” event canceled due to the storm on March 14 has been rescheduled to Friday, March 24 beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Watchung Reservation.
Another Woodcock Walk will also take place as scheduled on Tuesday March 21 in Lenape Park at 6:00 p.m.
The two events are free and open to adults and children age 10 and up with an adult. Pre-registration is required by emailing the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Woodcock goes by a variety of colorful names including timberdoodle, Labrador twister, night partridge and bog sucker. Its distinctive behavior is highlighted by an airborne dance performed by the males, which observers have described as mesmerizing.
The Watchung Reservation group will meet at Masker’s Barn in the Deserted Village, 13 Cataract Hollow Road in Berkeley Heights.
The Lenape Park group will meet at the old Trap and Skeet field house near the main entrance to Lenape Park, off Kenilworth Boulevard (County Road 509) in Cranford, between Nomahegan Road and Dorset Drive.
For quick links to all Union County environmental and sustainability programs visit The Green Connection online at ucnj.org/green-connection.