Common Nighthawk in Marquette County Wisconsin on May 15, 2016

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.


Common Nighthawk

Binomial name: Chordeiles minor

Category: Goatsuckers

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.




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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

5 Responses to Common Nighthawk in Marquette County Wisconsin on May 15, 2016

  1. Gerald Haiar says:

    That was a nice surprise !

  2. Nan Wisherd says:

    In addition to being a great photographer, you’re also lucky! Gorgeous bird.

  3. Sara Sonntag says:

    I agree with Nan! So happy for you on this great find Jim!

  4. Annie says:

    Thanks Jim. Yes you are really lucky to find one sitting still. We did see one flying and then very difficult for a picture. Amazing bird indeed. Thanks again for always sharing your finds.

  5. Meagan says:

    That’s really cool! I am JUST beginning as a birder (one month) and was excited to see a Common Nighthawk at the Nine Springs E-Way. I got a couple fuzzier shots…

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