Evan Zupfer writes:
"Saturday evening I went to the Meadowlands to look for owls. Unfortunately, I did not see any owls but the Woodcock were everywhere. As I walked along Valley Brook Ave, the Sun already set and the twilight fading, a Woodcock flew right by me. He landed on a gated side road to the east of Valley Brook Ave and began to Peent.
"Then another flew over. Then another and another. I counted six in total. Soon the area was alive with "PEENT, PEENT, PEENT!" They soon exploded into their flight displays. I could hear the whistling of their wings but in the low light it was difficult to see them.
One landed on the side road with-in 20 feet and began to Peent. He was so close that I could make out his mottled brown and gray back and pale cinnamon underparts without using my bins. "Beautiful!" I watched in amazement for 15 minutes or so then returned to my car.
During the long walk back to the DeKorte parking lot I continually heard Woodcock Peenting and display flight calls. WOW! What an Experience! It was indeed a Woodcock Frenzy."
Just a caution that the borough of Lyndhurst does not allow parking along Valley Brook, so best to park in the DeKorte lot and walk. Because the light is fading, it's a good idea to wear reflective clothing and watch out for traffic. The area has its share of speedy drivers.)