On Sunday night, while eating dinner on the deck (grilled salmon, heirloom tomatoes, and a crisp, white wine) we looked up and both shouted,
Three Common Nighthawks cruised by right over the river in our view. We sat and counted until 8 pm and saw 18 nighthawks. More will be migrating in the coming weeks and we usually see from several hundred to 1000 in a season.
Each year at this time we get excited by the prospect of nighthawk migration, and look for and record our sightings. We are lucky to live on a river corridor (actually a dammed up portion of the river which creates a large pond) because river corridors are good migration routes for nighthawks who eat the flying insects often found over water. Keep looking for nighthawks at dusk and if you live in MA or NH you can send your observations into this website here.