Date: 5/28/18 9:30 pm From: Scott Kinzey <scott.kinzey...> Subject: Search For Common Nighthawks
I took advantage of three days off work and explored some areas in and around Pittsburgh listening for Common Nighthawks in areas where they have been in the past. I only found four total. It was raining Saturday night which didn't help and maybe it's a little early but I was hoping to find more. If anyone hears them in these towns please let me know and I will follow up on them this year. Ebird works and I can find reports there if that's what you use. I grew up in a town with nighthawks and have always lived somewhere where they were found in summer. They are getting to be fewer and fewer. By the next Breeding Bird Atlas they could be dangerously scarce. These towns made up part of the core of their Pittsburgh area breeding population during the last Atlas and if this gets smaller there won't be much left. The only "hits" were single birds in Lawrenceville (two places), Mellon Park and Oakmont. Misses were as follows:
Saturday Night, Cheswick, Springdale, Creighton, Tarentum, Freeport, Leechburg, Vangergrift, Apollo Sunday Night, Highland Park, East Liberty, Strip District, Aspinwall, Blawnox, McKees Rocks, Etna, Millvale, Carnegie, Bellevue, Neville Island, Coraopolis, Beaver Avenue, Sharpsburg, Harmar, Verona
Scott Kinzey Allegheny County I switched emails for this list because Yahoo posts had formatting issues. I hope Gmail works out.