Searching for Common Nighthawks
25 Apr 2018, 10:42 AM,
#1
Searching for Common Nighthawks
Hi All,

Researchers from the University of Alberta and the Smithsonian Institution are interested in banding Common Nighthawks in the Flagstaff area this summer (likely in June) and will be placing GPS tags on captured birds to look at local movement and then subsequent migration. I'm assisting them with some logistics and am hoping to hear about good potential netting spots in the area. 

There also may be opportunities to help in the efforts for folks with banding experience or an interest in nightjars. Comments on this forum are welcome, or you can reach out to me via Private Message or via my NAU email at jeff.foster and then add @nau.edu. 

Thanks for your help!

Cheers
Jeff Foster
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28 Apr 2018, 2:55 PM,
#2
RE: Searching for Common Nighthawks
Last year many were going to the pond in the Corner of Twin Arrows Casino parking lot.  The birds were getting a drink on the fly.   A few months ago that pond was almost dry.  It looks like they put Copper Sulfate in the pond to kill of algae and maybe other things.  Don't know if the copper hurts the birds. 

A tank large enough for nighthawks to drink on the fly and in juniper habitat looks like a good bet.  You just might have to put water in the tank yourself.
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30 Apr 2018, 7:08 AM,
#3
RE: Searching for Common Nighthawks
(28 Apr 2018, 2:55 PM)sleeper Wrote: Last year many were going to the pond in the Corner of Twin Arrows Casino parking lot.  The birds were getting a drink on the fly.   A few months ago that pond was almost dry.  It looks like they put Copper Sulfate in the pond to kill of algae and maybe other things.  Don't know if the copper hurts the birds. 

A tank large enough for nighthawks to drink on the fly and in juniper habitat looks like a good bet.  You just might have to put water in the tank yourself.

Thanks so much sleeper for your info. Targeting water sources such as ponds and tanks sounds like a good plan. Many thanks to the folks who have responded privately, great community here.

Jeff
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20 May 2018, 8:54 AM,
#4
RE: Searching for Common Nighthawks
Twin Arrows Pond is full to the brim now. Will likely be very attractive for nighthawks.

Jason
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