Date: 6/24/19 3:54 am From: Ian Worley <iworley...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Eight Whip-poor-wills. Snake Mountain Road, Weybridge.
Last night whip-poor-wills were very active along the known site along Snake Mountain Road in Weybridge. The sky was clear and there was no wind. Mild temperature. Ambient noise was of no factor. There was no moon.
There was a very interactive group of three from 0.43-0.66 miles north of Forrest Road, mostly on the west side of the road. They moved around from roadside to high up the hill on the west side of the road and at the truck repair shop. The first song was at 8:50 pm. At one point I watched two flying below tree height over the road going back and forth approaching me. Moths were very abundant. I stayed with this group until 9:26.
At 9:26 I left that location when all three birds were close to each other. I found another group of three, in the area from 0.97-1.32 miles north of Forrester Road, a common location. One was west of the road, apparently at the west edge of a field (this was a well known singer with a slightly higher pitch and noticeably faster cadence); a second was loudly singing near the road on the west side near a barn; a third was near the road on the east side. The documentation time was 9:29-9:33. Heading north again I wanted to see if there were any more north of Prunier Road, where they have been previously. But I came upon a pair just before Prunier Road, one west of the road a bit distant and the other near the road on the east side singing loudly. It documentation time was 9:35-9:38. No Whip-poor-wills were encountered north of Prunier (perhaps these last two were the same individuals sometimes heard north of Prunier along Snake Mountain Road).
At each location it was not difficult to confirm the number of birds and to note that none appeared to departing that location at that time. One of the birds at the first location frequently comes close to me at the roadside listening spot, often giving two or three one-note "quirt" greeting calls prior to singing. It did so last night, as usual.