[CT Birds] Readings 12
dennisvz at optonline.net
Mon Oct 10 06:23:21 EDT 2011
The Nighthawk has no song; but that one bass note which he produces
with his wings proclaims him the bass trumpet player of Nature’s
Orchestra. He is a sky-scraper and an erratic wanderer on the wing.
He seems to go no way in particular, and to have no place in
particular for which he shape course; it is decidedly “go-as-you-
please” performance with an obligatory rasping, double-toned
accompaniment of greeps and it will presently end as if he had been
shot. Down he drops vertically eighty feet or more then suddenly
recovers himself, and you hear a subdued boom like that of the base
trumpet in the brass band! Boom! It is he and not at you may at
first suppose “the bull-frog in the pool.” The remarkable tone is
produced by the rush of air thrugh the bird’s primaries!
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