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Also known as "Timber-doodles". These guys are really displaying up a storm in woods behind the house these days... a sure sign of spring!
The males climb high into the air and then start spiraling downwards while chirping, twittering, and making a whistling sound with their wings (the result of air flowing pass the three extra-stiff primary feathers at the ends of their wings... much like in some ducks or doves). After the long, noisy fall the bird hits the forest floor with a "thud" audible for at least 50 yards through thick woods. I wonder how many have perished when accidentally landing on a rock.
Anyone else who lives near a wooded swamp been hearing and Timber-doodle displays? If not, what other signs of spring have you noticed where you live?
Timber-doodle link : pjdeye.blogspot.com/2011/02/american-woo...-display-flight.html