Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor

Like many birds, the Common Nighthawk can be detected by its call more readily than by sight. Its call is almost an explosion of electric-like sound. Males will also make a loud boom sound with their wings in diving flight. These birds migrate from their winter homes in most of South America fly to North America to raise the next generation, where we find them across nearly all the USA and most of Canada during summers.

Like many members of the Nighthawk Clan, these birds are most easily found during twilight. When they land on the ground, their camoflauge is so complete, they all but disappear.

Until my first trip to Texas in 2020, my only meetings with this species were in Oregon. My Texas encounter was with a bird, probably in migration on South Padre Island.

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