On a hike today I accidentally flushed a Common Nighthawk. It perched on a log nearby and posed nicely. What a nice surprise to find. I did not flush the bird so I do not have any flight shots. I’m sure now thinking about it their is probably a nest in the area. Images were taken on May 15, 2016.
Binomial name: Chordeiles minor
Size: 9.5” long, 24” wing span
Weight: 2.2 oz
Cool facts: These birds are typically seen diving in loop patterns in early mornings or evenings. They forage over open areas near woods and over wetlands for insects. This birds breeding grounds are from the entire US into northern Canada and they migrate to South America in the winter months.