[CT Birds] Common Nighthawks - 40+

Fran Zygmont fzygmont at charter.net
Thu Aug 19 23:30:46 EDT 2010

Belated post......41+ Common Nighthawks in Barkhamsted along Farmington River on 8/18.  Interesting behavior...they formed a growing kettle like Broad-winged Hawks catching thermals in Fall migration.  Presumably they were going after a swarm of insects.  Took only a few minutes before they dispersed and moved on.

Only 6 this evening (8/19) cruising up/down river.  

Another thing observed is they are more noticeable during cloudy evenings (8/18) versus almost clear evenings (8/19).  Sure the numbers will grow into the hundreds over the next couple weeks.  Time to keep an eye out for a Lesser Nighthawk!  

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