Seasonal Special Happenings

Dance of the Timberdoodle

When: Sun., April 17 2011

Behold the timberdoodle — a.k.a. the American woodcock — as the male of the species performs one of birdland's most unlikely mating dances tonight in the light of the moon. Apparently, the busybodies at Middlefield's Swine Creek Reservation have scoped out the little dude's love nest and will lead a walk to his dancing grounds for some hubba-hubba action. No, the timberdoodle doesn't rip off his shirt, shake back his hair, and fling his lady love across the mattress. In fact, the bird's mating ritual is entirely G-rated, as he repeatedly lifts off, attains modest altitude, then flutters to the ground like a tumbling leaf — all in the hopes of shaking a tail feather with a female of the species. Interested parties are advised to dress for the weather and show up by 7:30 p.m. at the park's Lake Side Shelter, 16004 Hayes Rd. Like love, it's free and occurs without reservations. For details, call 440-286-9516 or check out — Cicora

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