[Tweeters] Nighthawks and Poorwills

B B birder4184 at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 8 08:43:30 PDT 2017

Last night I visited Robinson Canyon hoping to find Common Nighthawks and Common Poorwills.  Great start when I got to the closed gate and another birder was there opening it.  Turned out it was Steve Pink who was there with wife Connie.  Three Edmonds birders intersecting 100 miles from home.
At about 8:45 we heard our first Nighthawks calling overhead.  I thought I had heard one 15 minutes earlier as I was leaving the paved road but not sure.  We saw two flying overhead and heard a third at the same time so I am sure there were three and probably 4 or more.  I think these may be the first Nighthawks at Robinson Canyon at least per Ebird this year.  My earliest Nighthawk in Washington was on June 3rd in both 2014 and 2015.
At about 9:10 we heard our first Common Poorwill call from the canyon walls.  We heard at least 3 and probably 4 call at the same time from a different spot after we moved ourselves.  Later on the way out I heard another 2 or 3 Poorwills calling at different spots including one very close to the road where the paving starts.  I had no visuals but a bit later Steve and Connie had one on the road.  Best guess is that there were at least 6 and maybe 7 Common Poorwills.  I have had them in Washington before as early as May 16th.
There were tons of flying insects including moths at Robinson Canyon.

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