Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
On warm summer evenings, Common Nighthawks roam the skies over treetops, grasslands,
and cities. Their sharp, electric peent call is often the first clue they’re overhead. They fly with looping, batlike
bouts of continuous flapping and sporadic glides, flashing white patches out past the bend of each wing as they chase insects.
Common Nighthawks are most active from half an hour before sunset until an hour after sunset, and again starting an hour before
sunrise (ending about 15 minutes after the sun comes up). During the day, they roost motionless on a tree branch, fencepost,
or the ground and are very difficult to see. These fairly common but declining birds lay eggs directly on the ground, which
may consist of gravel, sand, bare rock, wood chips, leaves, needles, slag, tar paper, cinders, or living vegetation, such
as moss, dandelion rosettes, and lichens. Listen and look up you may see one anywhere locally!