Had to chime in. Have seen killdeer nesting on the roof at Brattleboro Area
Middle School. Also remember when Brattleboro had many nighthawks back in
the 60s. They swooped over the neighborhood every night in flocks like tree
swallows and one late summer during migration there was a steady stream
overhead from as far as I could see north and south. I saw birds landing on
rooftops downtown but never saw a nest. When I was teaching in
Williamstown, MA, I took my class out to a dry, gravelly, grassy area where
we could see killdeer. We lined up across the area and started to walk. One
of the adults popped up and tried to distract us. It took us a while but we
eventually found the four perfectly camouflaged eggs. Point made, we left
right away and went back to the classroom.
Charlie La Rosa
On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM, eve ticknor <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> You have given many of us a wonderful way to start our day. Nothing like
> As for nesters, years ago, while in Ottawa, Ontario, I was privileged to
> observe a Common Nighthawk on pebbled roof right downtown. 2 little heads
> peeped out from her wings. The building across the street had nesting
> Peregrines. The Peregrines are still breeding in Ottawa, but I never saw a
> breeding Nighthawk there again. The numbers of them calling and hawking
> around at night are almost gone.
> In the past, these little birds could have used gravel pits, beaches, low
> cliffs, anywhere they could find pebbles.
> On 2013-03-31, at 9:04 AM, Evergreen Erb wrote:
> > Years ago, before they re-roofed the Jericho Elementary School, it had a
> pebble roof, and Horned Larks used to nest there. I would see and hear
> them all the time playing tennis on the courts next to the school. It's
> been many, many years (maybe 25) since that, but Ali's post about Kildeer
> on school roofs reminded me of that. I was always happy to see them.
> Evergreen in Jericho
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