Date: 5/20/20 6:43 am
From: Ron <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: no more nighthawks
I read somewhere that the eastern subspecies is in decline, for reasons
unknown. They seem to be tougher to find around the Charlotte area also.

Ron Clark
Kings Mtn. NC

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Hill (via carolinabirds Mailing List)
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:17 AM
To: Carolinabirds
Subject: no more nighthawks

I’ve been living in Conway, SC near Coastal Carolina University since 1999
and every spring the nighthawks come back, and by late April, when I take my
ornithology class on an all day field trip, I always hear the nighthawks
calling over campus as I wait for the students to show up for the 7 am van
ride to the coast. In the evenings I hear them over our house and when we
go for walks, and at the local Food Lion parking lot. But not this year.
They never showed up, for the first time I can remember. Maybe it’s that a
gravel rooftop they nested on was upgraded to rubber membrane and they
couldn’t find a nearby replacement, or maybe it’s a small local piece of the
overall decline in nightjars and in aerial insectivores generally, but even
though I’m not yet sure it’s a permanent, I thought I would note the
disappearance here.

Chris Hill
Conway, SC

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