May 14, 2016

Whip-poor-will

Eastern whip-poor-will at Rondeau Provincial Park, May 14/16, on South Point Trail.

Sitting on a small branch behind a wall of twigs. Lots of people had an opportunity to view a bird that is more often heard than seen.
Antrostomus vociferus
Eastern Whip-poor-wills lay their eggs in phase with the lunar cycle, so that they hatch on average 10 days before a full moon. When the moon is near full, the adults can forage the entire night and capture large quantities of insects to feed to their nestlings.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

1 comment:

Blake A. Mann said...

That bird looks very familiar!