Date: 6/5/20 3:55 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Six Whip-poor-wills. Weybridge and Waltham
Last night's calm weather and moon made for ideal conditions for doing
my annual Northeast Nightjar Survey route along the east side of Snake
Mountain in Cornwall and Weybridge, ending below Buck Mountain at the
Sunset View Cemetery in Waltham.

At the well known population in Weybridge over a two mile stretch there
were two pair and a single all calling from the west side of Snake
Mountain Road.  One pair were clearly interacting with each other with
overlapping calls having rapid of changes in articulation and speed. 
After a gap of some 30 years, Whip-poor-wills returned in 2010 to this
location and have continued in multiple numbers since then.  A high
count of 8 was made on June 23, 2019.

The sixth bird was at the last of the 10 sample points, Sunset View
Cemetery in Waltham.  Often this bird is a brief singer and enigmatic in
timing, but last night it continued non-stop through the 20 minutes of
my visit (around 11:00 pm) hoping to hear a second bird.  First reported
in 2012, there has only been a single bird heard at this site since then.

Other night birds were totally silent throughout the route.  At a
sampling point without Whip-poor-wills, in the muted light of the nearly
full moon through a high thin overcast yet bright enough to make my
shadow my only companion, one echoing distant call repeated several
times ... a call that could be best described as coming from a hybrid
cross of a red fox with a Barred Owl.

Ian
 
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