Lesser Nighthawk sighting on July 6th, 2015

I arrived at Irvine Regional Park around 5pm and met Mike Sanders and Jeff Bray shortly thereafter.  At approximately 7:30 we headed toward parking lot 15 and walked toward the back end of Irvine Regional Park.  The time of arrival for the Lesser Nighthawk had previously been recorded between 7:40 and 7:50 pm.  By 8pm we were beginning to lose hope in thinking this was a “no show”.  I had sighted the first Lesser Nighthawk arriving from a SE location at approximately 8:05pm which was soon followed by a second Lesser Nighthawk flying low and within close range at times.  They were close enough to hear their low pitched calls as recorded in Jeff’s video which can be found on Jeff’s Flickr account.  Around 8:40 pm we had witnessed the calls of a Common Poorwill in the nearby vicinity.

A few images of the Lesser Nighthawk are below along with a photo of Jeff and Mike waiting for their arrival.  Additional images can be seen here:  Lesser Nighthawk

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Photo taken at Irvine Regional Park, Irvine, CA on July 6, 2015

Lesser Nighthawk

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Photo taken at Irvine Regional Park, Irvine, CA on July 6, 2015

Lesser Nighthawk

Photo taken at Irvine Regional Park, Irvine, CA on July 6, 2015
Photo taken at Irvine Regional Park, Irvine, CA on July 6, 2015

Lesser Nighthawk

Jeff Bray and Mike Sanders patiently await the arrival of the Lesser Nighthawks at Irvine Regional Park on July 6th, 2015
Jeff Bray and Mike Sanders patiently await the arrival of the Lesser Nighthawks at Irvine Regional Park on July 6th, 2015

 

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