|Common Nighthawk on green beam|
One such memorable bird from this trip was the Common Nighthawk. Although they're not shorebirds, we clearly remember there being lots and lots of them. This was the first time Nick and I had seen so many. They were many perched in nighthawk fashion on the phone/electrical wires along the roads all the way to the main farm entrance, and there were a number of them flying about during our trip along the farm roads.
|Head on look at a Common Nighthawk|
We were also lucky to have one greet us at our first stop before trekking along the maze of rocky farm roads. This male Common Nighthawk pictured here was perfectly perched on a bright green beam of some shed. It was just begging to be photographed! And it was so kind enough to let us do so. A number of us inched our way closer and closer to the nighthawk, snapping away as he stayed put resting with his eyes barely open. You can see his tiny bill, his bright white collar contrasting against his spotty brownish head and V on his breast and his lovely striping on his belly. Also notice the conspicuous white feather on the wing, and his primaries projecting just past his tail.
He was a lovely subject, and it was a great opportunity to get nice views of this Common Nighthawk!