All Work, No Woodcock

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Moon rise at Laurel Hill in Secuacus. Photo taken by Kathleen Farley on March 22, 2016. Edited Using Snapseed.

So I gave away the punch line.  Last night three teams were out from Woodcock Watch NJ and we all struck out. There were no displaying woodcock to be had at Plainsboro Preserve, Lenape Park in Union County, or Laurel Hill in Se caucus.

Despite the beautiful full moon and the warm weather, none of us could see a single spiral or hear a single peent. Hopefully we will have better luck throughout the remainder of the week – stay tuned!  Like many other organisms (but not all!), woodcock are typically more active when there’s a full moon.

Learn more:
How the Moon Affects the Nocturnal World – livescience.com
6 Wild Ways the Moon Affects Animals – livescience.com
Lunar Phobic Bats Dodge the Moonlight – BBC

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