I used to see and hear nighthawks with some regularity here at Schloss FatChance, but it has been several years since I’ve observed one in the neighborhood. Tonight, just as dusk was closing in, I heard that old familiar sound of a nighthawk on the wing, hunting insects high overhead in the last light. I hope it means they are back to stay.
Image: John James Audubon’s rendering of nighthawks (Chordeiles minor), from Birds of America, 1840. From the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.
You can hear a recording of the common nighthawk’s distinctive peent call by clicking here.