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I know what it is, but do you?
I have never seen live bones, but I know that they are often used by rich people to decorate the interior.

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  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 13,044 AG
    bird
    Like is like a Helicopter.  I do not know how to operate a Helicopter  
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,433 AG
    nailed it
    I have never seen live bones, but I know that they are often used by rich people to decorate the interior.
  • biglarbiglar Posts: 183 Deckhand
    edited August 2019 #4
    bird

    Smart a**.  :smiley:   Looks like a Night Hawk to me.  Flies silenty, like an owl.  Spooky to watch.
  • JWTJWT Posts: 726 Officer
    night hawk or bullbat as we used to call them. i haven't seen one in years. they make the coolest sound when they dive. we would shoot BB's in the air with our slingshots to get them to dive. 

  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 12,323 AG
    Whip-poor-will...he has it coming to him.

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  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,433 AG
    edited August 2019 #7
    It is in fact a nighthawk.  You can barely make out the white stripe on the primaries. 
    It played the "injured bird" routine so must've been some eggs/chicks nearby. She eventually took off and flew away revealing the long wings (unlike a chuck-will's-widow or whip-poor-will).  Cool bird, never seen one up close like that before.

    I remember hearing them called bullbats as a kid in the panhandle. I used to think they were drunk, from the way they fly (erratic) as well as their call which sounded to me like "beer!!"  I called them "beer birds."
    I have never seen live bones, but I know that they are often used by rich people to decorate the interior.
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 12,323 AG
    I'm a Yankee.  What do I know  B)

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  • tankardtankard Posts: 7,031 Admiral
    That's a new one for me.
  • JWTJWT Posts: 726 Officer
    It is in fact a nighthawk.  You can barely make out the white stripe on the primaries. 
    It played the "injured bird" routine so must've been some eggs/chicks nearby. She eventually took off and flew away revealing the long wings (unlike a chuck-will's-widow or whip-poor-will).  Cool bird, never seen one up close like that before.

    I remember hearing them called bullbats as a kid in the panhandle. I used to think they were drunk, from the way they fly (erratic) as well as their call which sounded to me like "beer!!"  I called them "beer birds."
    when i posted i was trying to figure out how to describe the sound but couldn't quite get there. Beeeeer!  you nailed it! lol... they used to be common here. none at all now.
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 771 Officer
    Common Nighthawk to be exact.  Here in South Florida we also get an occasional Antillean Nighthawk (mostly in the keys) in summer, and Lesser Nighthawks in winter.  The Antillean can be easily distinguished by its call.  The Lesser Nighthawk is a slightly smaller and has the white stripe on the wing closer to the tip.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,193 AG
    Chuck will

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  • L8RBRAL8RBRA St. LouisPosts: 649 Officer
    I had one sitting like that on my front walkway the other night. 
  • swampwalkerswampwalker Posts: 2,359 Captain
    I believe it’s a member of the goatsucker family. Night Hawk - our common name for them was/is “bullbat” (don’t know why). They make a swooping sound when diving. Thanks for the pic!
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  • spanglerspangler daBurgPosts: 2,709 Captain
    I found a chuck wills widow nesting last year.  First one I've seen on the ground.  Actually, first one I've ever seen at all being a small nocturnal bird.
    Def one of my favorite sounds tho to hear in the woods, announcing that daylight is soon to arrive. 
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  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 2,418 Captain
    mplspug said:
    I'm a Yankee.  What do I know  B)
    Night hawks were pretty common in the N.E.
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