This summer the Common Nighthawks returned to the island, nested, taught their young to fly and to forage for insects. By the end of August, they began their journey back down south to their winter sites in South America!
Almost every evening throughout the summer they made themselves known around the island with their unique calls and amazing flight. There were reported sightings all over the island. We were delighted to have so many folks report into us.
We have mapped out the locations where the Common Nighthawks were reported (as seen in the picture).
One night there was a sighting of over 30 Common Nighthawks above the Co-op, and over 20 flying above Gunflint Lake teaching their babies to fly! Beautiful thing to witness!
Thank you to all who took the time to notice these amazing birds and for reporting your observations into us at FOCI! You can read more about this Species at Risk on our WEBSITE
We look forward to their return with the next summer solstice!