Nighthawks

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Rafke77
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Joined: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:35 am
Location: Plymouth, IN.
Martin Colony History: 2019 10 pair, 24 fledged.

Nighthawks

Postby Rafke77 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:57 am

Last night about 730, we noticed at least a dozen flying around both our neighbors and our yard. I've never seen these birds before, they were very large but had the agility of Martin's! They were flying around for about a half hour before disappearing. I hope they come around more often. We looked them up and they are quiet interesting birds, also migrating to South America!


https://youtu.be/GsfA2Ewlxyw
2019 10 pair, 47 eggs, 24 fledged.

C.C.Martins
Posts: 680
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
Home colony: 12 natural gourds, one modified house. 18 cavities in total.
PMCA member

Re: Nighthawks

Postby C.C.Martins » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:47 am

Very nice, yep neat birds. Have not seen that many at once! They lay eggs and nest right on the ground, they seem to like open areas, have stumbled on night hawk chicks while walking around remote areas...they do not move at all and hope you dont see them. Tough to spot unless you are looking right at them.
Tom

2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs. 85 Fledged.
2019-17 pair. 81 fledged.
Offering: 12 natural gourds, w/crescents and WDC openings. 6 modified compartment house, crescents with tunnels.

Rafke77
Posts: 132
Joined: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:35 am
Location: Plymouth, IN.
Martin Colony History: 2019 10 pair, 24 fledged.

Re: Nighthawks

Postby Rafke77 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:17 pm

That's right, I looked them up and didn't realize that. Almost like the killdeer, laying it's eggs on the ground.
2019 10 pair, 47 eggs, 24 fledged.

Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1756
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at Satilite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site

Re: Nighthawks

Postby Dave Reynolds » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:26 pm

Very nice, yep neat birds. Have not seen that many at once! They lay eggs and nest right on the ground, they seem to like open areas, have stumbled on night hawk chicks while walking around remote areas...they do not move at all and hope you dont see them. Tough to spot unless you are looking right at them.
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.... C.C. ... Thanks for the infor... I didn’t know where they nest or laid their eggs.. I see them flying around about an hour and a half before dark. Always cool to watch...

Dave
Home Site
2019 — First pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged :wink:
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2019 -- 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Hatched and 97 Fledged :wink:
2018 — 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:

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C.C.Martins
Posts: 680
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
Home colony: 12 natural gourds, one modified house. 18 cavities in total.
PMCA member

Re: Nighthawks

Postby C.C.Martins » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:27 pm

Dave, see them about the same times although i think they left our area already...have not seen one in a week or so. Rare to see them mid day unless disturbed. It always makes me wonder where they eat and when, Id suspect they haunt lit areas at night (ball park lights etc) and feed there.
Good topic on another interesting bird.
Tom

2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs. 85 Fledged.
2019-17 pair. 81 fledged.
Offering: 12 natural gourds, w/crescents and WDC openings. 6 modified compartment house, crescents with tunnels.

Chris B
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Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

Re: Nighthawks

Postby Chris B » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:27 pm

That's right, I looked them up and didn't realize that. Almost like the killdeer, laying it's eggs on the ground.
I have a whole bunch of the kildees around here and the fools lay their eggs on my gravel road. They really like the very shallow areas of the pond on little mounds too. Endangered my azz, there are lots of them. Cool birds though.

Don't think I have seen a night hawk and don't know what they are, but there was a nightengale (mocking bird) jumper running around in the grass in front of my front porch earlier this evening. They don't get any help like the PM jumpers here get.

Who knew that Summer could be this interesting?
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods.

Rafke77
Posts: 132
Joined: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:35 am
Location: Plymouth, IN.
Martin Colony History: 2019 10 pair, 24 fledged.

Re: Nighthawks

Postby Rafke77 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:18 am


I have a whole bunch of the kildees around here and the fools lay their eggs on my gravel road. They really like the very shallow areas of the pond on little mounds too. Endangered my azz, there are lots of them. Cool birds though.

Don't think I have seen a night hawk and don't know what they are, but there was a nightengale (mocking bird) jumper running around in the grass in front of my front porch earlier this evening. They don't get any help like the PM jumpers here get.

Who knew that Summer could be this interesting?
I couldn't agree more! This summer has been very interesting to say the least! It was amazing watching the Nighthawk's fly around, I had even called my neighbors out, and they've never seen them before either. I'm sorry for my video being all over the place, I just couldn't follow one lol.

This same neighbor has a killdeer nest, in the gravel, in the middle of his lane going to his pole barn. He placed a small marker flag next to it so he wouldn't accidently run it over. Sadly though, a bunch of crows came and ate the eggs.

-Rob
2019 10 pair, 47 eggs, 24 fledged.


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