Date: 8/26/18 6:08 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] more on nighthawks
I wasn't trying to dispute the feeling of so many of us that nighthawks are in decline when I reported the sighting of 14,000+ at Hawk Ridge, Minnesota, in one day recently. It occurred to me that some might have taken it that way. I have felt for years that they have been in drastic decline in areas of the Delmarva Peninsula I'm familiar with both as breeders and migrants. Used to be on the May counts, when I was the only participant, or just had 1 or 2 friends with me, all you had to do was drive through Cambridge with the windows down at dusk, or in the middle of the night, and w/o even stopping you'd hear 1 or 2 or 3. It's rare to get them at all now, even with a dozen or more participants. When they are commoner I'd see not nearly as many on the Eastern Shore as others would on the other side, in the Piedmont, etc. My high for Rigby's Folly was 40 on Sept. 2, 1974. Haven't gotten even close to that at any other time, such as 15 on Aug. 18, 1995, 10 on Sept. 15, 1975, and 6 on Aug. 30, 1994. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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