Tonight, at dusk, I was standing in a field and a large group of birds appeared. They were diving for insects overtop of my flock of sheep. To my amazement they were Common Nighthawks. There were more than 20 of them. I was able to get a definite identification as the thickly barred wings on the underside were very apparent and nothing really comes close to them in size and shape(other than a Whip-poor-will). And of course they have a distinctive flight pattern.

Location: Millbrook
Observer: Ryan Van Loon

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.