Saturday, May 31, 2008

Night singing Birds

This group is comprised of Whip-Poor-Wills, Chuck-Wills-Widow, and Hight Hawks. The Whip-Poor-Will and the Chuck-Wills-Widow are large ground birds about 12" long; and the Night Hawk is larger and speeds it's night time hours in flight.

They feed entirely on insects during the night time hours and are usually quite vocal during dusk and dawn and, more so, on near full moon lit nights. Their songs are repetitive and easily heard at ROLF. When driving at night they can be seen flying erratically in the headlights and their red eyes are easily seen.

They are reside in the Goatsucker family. The were once thought to drink milk from goats at night.

At appears this year (2008) the Chuck-Wills-Widow is the most common form to hear.

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