Bird with white on wings that makes a strange sound when it swoops.

by Andy Roy
(Dade City, Florida)

Here in Florida there is a bird that only comes out around dusk and is out all night. It's not a snipe or a nighthawk. When they're flying they almost seem like bats the erratic way they fly, going after insects. When the swoop down to get one, the wings catch air and make a strange noise.

Are you sure they're not bats?

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Jun 29, 2013
sound of a night hawk
by: Anonymous

finally finally finally some had the answer. everyone i work with said bat bat bat. i had seen it in the day and knew it wasn't a bat but hard heads are hard to break open. thx much

Jan 09, 2013
Barn swallow?
by: Anonymous

Sounds like maybe some kind of swallow... Barn or chimney sweep. I have them them here in Texas.

May 31, 2012
by: Anonymous

I agree...Nighthawk. Compare the call it makes to this:

The Nighthawk near me (Homosassa, FL) comes around like clockwork every night. Later on I am usually treated to hearing Chuck-Will's-Widow.

May 08, 2012
by: Anonymous

yeah, I'm sure they're not bats. And after a little research I am now almost sure that they ARE nighthawks. didn't see the white markings on the underside of the wings when I first saw them; it was too dark. But since then I've seen them in more light and I can almost certainly say that they're Nighthawks. Unless there's another bird with the same markings.

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