Monticello Bird Club Field Trip Data 2017-2018
Trip Name/Location: Nighthawk Watch
Date: August 29 & August 31
Leader: Dave Hogg
8/29 – The rain stopped and cloud cover opened up for a lovely evening’s viewing.
8/31 – Mainly cloudy; some clear spots. Calm. ‘Temp. at 7pm was 84 degrees F.
Total Attendance (including leaders):
8/29 – 16 and 8/31 – 23
Total # of Species Observed:
8/29 – 25 Nighthawks as well as robins, bluebirds, Chimney Swifts, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a few others.
8/31 – A total of 24 Nighthawks over the evening, including small flocks of 7 birds and 6 birds. 13 other species observed.
8/29 – In addition to the good number of Nighthawks seen later, early in the evening as the clouds were breaking up, a rainbow appeared – sometimes in broken arcs and even as double rainbow at one point!
8/31 Attendees enjoyed the evening. Birds other than Nighthawks were quiet, so the count of species is low. There was a nice, small flock of waxwings, and there were several flycatchers, including Eastern Wood Pewee and Great Crested Flycatcher. Around 7:40 the bats appeared — 3-5 in total.