How sad it is to come across a fairly uncommon bird, such as this Freckled Nightjar (Caprimulgus tristigma), only in death. These insectivorous birds of the night like a boulder-strewn habitat and are largely sedentary. One can appreciate that its dark cryptic colouring would make it difficult to see from a vehicle driving along a rocky dirt road out in the country at night – see this illustration from the Roberts Bird Guide.

I found this one lying on such a country road early this morning – so early that it was still heavily covered with dew.

Having photographed it, I picked it up and put it among the grass and shrubs growing next to the road. Even in death, it has added to my knowledge of the birds living in our local environment.

24 thoughts on “FRECKLED NIGHTJAR

  1. So sad– so many wild species become victim to car collisions. Always makes me feel badly. Our nightjars here are in steep decline, I see fewer migrants every year. 😦


  2. It’s always sad to see a dead animal, but it does at least give you an idea of what creatures are about. Nightjars are so elusive and well-camouflaged…


  3. We’re lucky to have at least one of these residing in our neighbourhood. Every so often, in the quiet of the early morning, I lie listening to it yapping like a small dog on top of our roof. Sad indeed to find one hit by a vehicle.


  4. There are creatures near here that I only know live here because I find them dead. It is shame but iat least it means there are more species here than I see regularly.


  5. We have the Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) here. We always look forward to their return to our area every spring. On warm nights you can see and hear them as they hunt for insects. We found one dead in our garden. We think it might have collided with some of the wires while hunting.


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