Last night (Fri June 21) Linda Angerer and I observed a female LESSER
NIGHTHAWK at the Timberline campsite on Boardman Ridge in Lake County.
We saw the bird around 2045 and the observation lasted for 3-5 minutes.
The bird was rather small and extremely buffy (including the pale wing
patch) and flew no higher than the treetops during the entire
observation. The bird made several passes overhead within 30 ft of us.
Eventually the bird flew off at treetop level along the ridgeline to the
northwest heading for Mendocino County. We never heard the bird
Timberline campsite is at 4,900 ft and is the last campsite before
leaving treeline on Boardman Ridge. The campsite is reached by taking a
dirt track about 50 meters west off of M-1. If you walk through the
campsite the track ends shortly at a bare lookout point overlooking Lake
Pillsbury. This overlook and the hillside below it is covered in
Manzanita with no trees over head high. During our observation the bird
only flew around this lookout point.