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#1 katiedid

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:06 PM

This bird looked sick to me. He flew away about 5 ft. away from me and I took more pics. I went back outside and saw him sitting on top of some crane leads. Is he just tired or what?

Oh! And what is he?


Edit: Forgot to mention the pic was taken today in Belle Chasse, LA

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:12 PM

This is a Common Nighthawk - they frequently prefer to spend the day asleep.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:14 PM

Looks like a Common Nighthawk to me, but I have little experience with the family so wait for confirmation. As toyour other question, it is probably not sick. They are nocturnal and roost during the day. Often roosting in the open, relying on their camoflage to keep them hidden.

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#4 FarAwayEyes

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:21 PM

Was it out in the open? They are usually hidden.
Thank you for your time !

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#5 katiedid

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:29 PM

Yep. I lifer for me. He didn't seem to be afraid of me. I got within 4 or 5 feet from him.

Yes, he was in the open.

Thanks for the help!

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:51 PM

From Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion "By day, perches lengthwise along tree limbs, or atop fenceposts, open ground and rooftops". Of course the only one I've ever seen was in flight in the hills east of Mono Lake so they may spend less time in the open than this would lead one to believe. But I have occasionally heard of them being seen roosting roads and on gravel parking lots.

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Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

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Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14, 7/2/14, 7/6/14

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Gray Flycatcher: McHenry Recreation Area, Escalon, CA, 5/13/14

Black Tern: Modesto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 5/11/14


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:08 AM

I have seen them roosting on powerlines. It is neat to see them sitting parallel to the line instead of perpendicular like most birds.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:31 AM

I think they don't move much because they don't always realize they aren't camouflaged. Like when my black cat crouched under the bird feeder, waiting....on a snowy day!




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