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Common Nighthawk on my Alberta Roof

The Feather Files Name: Chordeiles minor Alias: Common Nighthawk Migration: Long distance: Summer North America; Winter South America Date Seen: August 22, 2015 Location: NE of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada The Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) – brown speckled plumage makes it a master of camouflage! My nighthawk flew out of one of my flower beds when I was busy taking flower photos. I sure didn’t see it there! At first I thought I’d flushed a grouse, but when it flew up onto our roof, I quickly realized it was not like any bird I’d seen in our yard before. It sat there long enough for me to go get my camera and then leisurely take many photos with my zoom lens. A very photogenic and obliging bird! From a distance, I thought it might be a member of the hawk family – though a small member. It seemed odd, though, that it was squatted right down on the roof, rather than standing on its legs. When I zoomed in, I was surprised to see how large …