Lesser Nighthawks and Sandhill Cranes
A couple of weeks ago Andrew Spencer reported Lesser
Nighthawks at Dove Creek. I was in the area a few
days later but did not see them. In fact I only saw
one Common Nighthawk. It has been several years since
I have seen any Lesser Nighthawks in western Colorado.
Anyway, tonight Brenda and I went to do a little
birding at the Nucla Sewer Ponds. Guess what? We saw
both a male and female Lesser Nighthawk and several
Common Nighthawks. There may be more than two Lesser
Nighthawks or we may have been seeing the same ones
over and over. The Nucla Sewer Ponds are about one
mile west of town and a public road allows great
access. We will spend the next couple of nights out
there to gather more info on the nighthawks. This is
very late date for this species which is normally only
seen in spring or early summer in Colorado.
On the way home we again located our local family of
Sandhill Cranes. Both kids are doing well. I have
yet to determine how many pair of cranes nest here
Rain, .52 inches in last 24 hours.
Coen and Brenda
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