March 11, 2017
As reported by Penny McQuarrie
We had 10 brave souls arrive at the trail head in 28F breezy weather. The birds were silent for a long time but persistence as we slowly began to freeze paid off. “Neep” “neep” was heard and then another on the other side of the trail and another. Then flight and one was flying. Several were spotted and many more heard as we continued to slowly freeze.
One of the attendees was from Silver Spring. Carla has gone on three Woodcock walks in a variety of places and had yet to see or hear a single one. When she heard the first, her smile, priceless. When she saw the first launch. OMgosh she was delighted and that smile stayed on her face (probably frozen because of the cold).
Things slowed down, not because of the cold but because of the birds and fewer and fewer neeps were heard and it became too dark to see them in flight.