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Longmeadow Nighthawk Watch

Stebbins Refuge

August 31, 2016

Al & Lois Richardson

It started slow at the meeting place on Bark Haul and Pondside, but when we moved up to the parking area on Pondside across from Tina Lane about 6:45pm, the Nighthawks began to flow down over the ponds.  At one point there were 35 swirling directly over our heads.  We ended with 107 Common Nighthawks, and everyone had great looks.  We also had about 75 Chimney Swifts, several Tree Swallows, a Barn Swallow and some Rough-winged Swallows.  There were nine participants plus leaders, and we picked a good night.  It was a nice evening and everyone seemed pleased with the number and the great views - lots of insects for sure - plus a nice sunset.