Holbrook: Lesser Nighthawk
9 Aug 2018, 9:23 PM,
Holbrook: Lesser Nighthawk
Yesterday (8/8/18) at the reservoir just north of Hidden Cove Golf Course near Holbrook (Navajo Co.) I saw and photographed what appears to be a LESSER NIGHTHAWK among 170+ Common Nighthawks foraging near dusk. The less pointed wings (shorter primaries) and white bar closer to the tip are the couple of marks suggesting this to me, although in the field the bird initially caught my attention as looking different overall plumage-wise. There may have been a 2nd bird too. There are few records of Lesser Nighthawk for the Colorado Plateau in northeastern AZ, especially for Navajo and Apache Counties (I remember seeing a couple past records for Kayenta, but will have to check for others). Another surprising sight was a Peregrine Falcon nabbing one of the Common Nighthawks out of the sky and proceeding to eat it while still soaring in the stiff wind. *Note that to visit the Hidden Cove Petroglyph Park area (including the reservoir, old tree farm, fields, and playas), you must check in with the club house at the golf course during normal business hours. Ask for Michael O'Dell.

Photos on my eBird checklist here:

Here is my eBird list from the nearby Golf Course Rd. wastewater ponds:

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ

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