Last evening (8/25) while driving from W. Lebanon to Strafford, I
encountered two relatively large flocks of nighthawks. The first, and
smaller of the two flocks, was just south of where I-89 crosses the
White River in Hartford (south of Exit 1), where a group of 25-35
nighthawks were circling near the river ~5pm. I was traveling on I-89
in unusually heavy traffic for VT, so could not stop safely to get an
idea if they were actively migrating or foraging in the area.
The second flock was considerably larger, consisting of at least 75
birds flying high above a recently mowed field near the junction of Rt.
132 and Beaver Meadow Rd in Sharon. This time I stopped and for ~10
minutes watched the flock, the largest I've ever seen in the White River
Valley, as they bobbed and weaved (not unlike a kettle of hawks, but
with a lot more flapping), clearly foraging and not moving on.
Also, in a belated report, on Tues evening (8/23) while enjoying a
concert series on the Strafford town green, I watched a small flock of
at least 6 nighthawks circling above a recently hayed field adjacent to
the town green between ~6:15 and 6:45. Once the sun set they apparently
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