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The Great Marsh – Woodcock (and Rail) Sit-NOTE DATE HAS CHANGED

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

For: Woodcock and possibly Virginia Rail

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Mike Coulter. If you plan to attend please email the Great Marsh Institute at to let them know to expect you. This will help them to organize and keep groups small. This event is free but donations are always welcome via our Paypal, Venmo, or cash donations at the door.

Note: Come join us to enjoy an evening to observe one of the highlights of early spring migration. American Woodcock will be showing off their dazzling mating displays. Oh, and a good possibility of singing Virginia Rails as well! American Woodcock are known for their elaborate courtship displays. Males will venture out into open areas after sunset and set up a display area. Birds will initially call out with their “peent” calls to announce their presence to other Woodcock. Males will then take flight circling up to 100 meters high with a combination of specialized wings creating a twittering sound as well as vocal chirping. Birds then descend in a rapid circling motion to land in the exact spot they started from. Displays can last as long as 30 minutes.

Please arrive promptly and bring a chair so you can relax and see the show!

This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all! This event is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. For full trip details see here. Conditions could be muddy and wet so wear appropriate footwear.

Please note that the property is private but you can always visit during our planned trips.

Directions: The marsh is off of Rt. 401 four miles northwest of Rt. 100 at Ludwig’s Corner. Lat/Long = 40.127651, -75.767697 or use 28 Moores Road for GPS directions. Meet at the grassy parking area at the top of the hill near 28 Moores Road. Once you turn off of Rt. 401 on to Moore’s Road proceed 1/4 mile along the gravel road. You will cross a bridge and at the 1/4 mile mark make a right up the hill on the paved part of the drive. This is the first right after the bridge. At the top of the hill you should see other cars parked in the meeting area.


March 10
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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