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Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor

 

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credit: Gavin Keefe Schaefer/CCSA

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Migration Info The Common Nighthawk is a late migrant in spring, not arriving in the north until temperatures in the hours between sundown and nightfall are warm enough for flying insects to take wing. The migratory patterns of this species are difficult to assess because of the difficulty involved in distinguishing between this and other species of nighthawks that mix in parts of the winter range. One unique aspect of the migratory pattern of this species is that females usually arrive several days ahead of males.

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