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Common Nighthawk

I’ve come to the conclusion that Heber City is the best place in the world for birding.  I saw my first Common Nighthawk.

They’re very different looking birds.  Their beaks are very tiny but they can open the beaks extremely wide.  Checkout his nose hole.

I still can’t believe I saw him!  Even better, I saw two of them!!!  I’ve seen pictures of them before, but you don’t get a sense for their smallness until you see one in person.  They’re smaller than cockatiels (although puffier).

Common Nighthawks sleep during the day, but they always have that sleepy look (except juveniles).

Now my next task is to get one catching insects!

7 Responses to “Common Nighthawk”

  1. Tiffany says:

    You see the most interesting birds! I’ve seen Common Nighthawk in my book, I didn’t realize they looked “sleepy” all the time. Interesting. Beautiful bird ( with a very small beak).

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I was incredibly lucky to see these guys.

  3. Cindy from Sinclair says:

    very cool!

  4. kathiesbirds says:

    I used to see common nighthawks in Layton, Clearfield, and Syracuse, UT. We get both common and lesser nigthhawks here but mostly Lesser. I just love these birds! So glad you got to see one! They are not so “common” anymore!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    They’re so neat, I could hardly keep calm when I saw one. :-)

  6. Lulubelle says:

    They actually do sleep during the day – they are nocturnal birds! Good spotting and great photos!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Lulubelle. I corrected the post.