The Common Nighthawk is not a hawk at all but rather a close relative of the Eastern Whip-poor-will, both members of the taxonomic family Caprimulgidae (nightjars) which translates from Latin to goatsuckers, in its own right is a misnomer. Nighthawks are insectivorous birds feeding nocturnally on the wing and almost exclusively on flying insects.
|Photo taken by Lloyd R. Bunten and is used with his permission.|
|Each speck in the above photo is a nighthawk migrating over Westminster |
Station, VT. Place cursor on image and tap to enlarge. Photo taken by
Lloyd R. Bunten and is used with his permission.
Observing a thousand birds over several hours, not to speak of the nearly 6,000 counted in one evening this year, is amazing. So, if you haven't experienced a nighthawk fall migration, mark your 2018 calendar. You won't be disappointed.