On March 23, I returned to Schiff Nature Preserve. This time I surveyed the Franklin Parker Trail leading to the South Conservation Area. Along with me was a recent undergraduate recruit.
We found a clearing that was much closer to water (promising) and hid ourselves in a central brushy area. We gave it a good hour after the sun set. We probably had deer rustling in the brush near the water, a number of dogs barking, two very determined, unidentified mammals rooting about in the brush across the way, several bats swooping overhead and a mouse nearly ran over his foot. But no woodcock. The joys of fieldwork!