Yesterday, Richard noted that the American Woodcocks had returned and were "peenting". That's a sure sign that spring is on its way. He says "peent" is the sound they make at dusk and early evening. This amazing sound is an aerial courtship call. We were excited in March 2007 when we discovered that we have a "peenting ground" right here on the Farm. "Peenting grounds" are areas where the males collect to attract the females.
Richard also noted that the Purple Finches are now exhibiting courtship behavior. "He" is feeding "she".