Common Nighthawk

Early one evening last week, a cool, sunny day with the sun low in the west, and clouds turning pale pink in the east, a slender bird with long, bent wings appeared among small white clouds overhead, very high, barely more than a sliver, a Common Nighthawk. Its back and wings were dark, the belly white, and a white bar crossed each wing. It soared and circled, passing in and out of sight for only a few minutes before disappearing.

Many nighthawks have been reported recently as they gather in flocks and begin migration, but this is the only one I’ve been lucky enough to see.

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