As darkness descends on a May evening, the voices of many birds go quiet. But for some birds, especially those known as nightjars, the music is just beginning! An Eastern Whip-poor-will shouts out its name. The call of a Common Poorwill echoes across a canyon. A Common Pauraque calls from the thorn scrub. A Buff-collared Nightjar repeats its Spanish nickname, Tucuchillo. And a Chuck-will’s-widow like this one calls from a woodland.
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Night Voices: Nightjars
Written by Bob Sundstrom
This is BirdNote.
As darkness descends on a May evening, the voices of many birds go quiet.
But for some birds, especially those known as nightjars, the music is just beginning.
In the moonlit shadows of an Eastern hardwood forest, an Eastern Whip-poor-will shouts out its name. [Whip-poor-will call, repeated]
The same evening in a Southeastern woodland, we hear the loud calls of a Chuck-will’s-widow. [Chuck-will’s-widow calls, repeated]
West of the Rockies, the voice of a Common Poorwill echoes across a canyon. [Common Poorwill calls, repeated]
Along the Rio Grande River at the southern tip of Texas, a Common Pauraque calls from the thorn scrub. [Common Pauraque calls, repeated]
And, in the desert night on the Arizona-Mexico border, a Buff-collared Nightjar repeats its Spanish nickname, Tucuchillo. [Buff-collared Nightjar calls, repeated]
You can hear all the calls again, and again [smile], at BirdNote.org.
I’m Mary McCann and today’s show is brought to you by The Bobolink Foundation.
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Call of the Eastern Whip-poor-will [#84871] W.L. Hershberger; call of the Chuck-will’s-widow , call of the Common Poorwill , call of the Common Pauraque  and call of the Buff-collared Nightjar  all recorded by G.A. Keller. Single cricket by Nigel Tucker.
Crickets [Essentials 64] recorded by Gordon Hempton of QuietPlanet.com.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
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© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org May 2013/2019/2022 Narrator: Mary McCann
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