swallow type bird

by Katrina
(Nanaimo, Canada)

We have these birds flying around lately. They look much like a big swallow, grey in color with a white stripe under the wing going from the front of the wing to the back. Pretty sure they must be 9-12 inch wingspan. Sorry no pic they are too high up. Any ideas. We are on the west coast Canada.

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Sep 01, 2017
In Southern NH
by: Melanie

I've been seeing them in Southern New Hampshire for the last few nights. Never seen them before and, like others, I assumed they were some type of swallow. Time for more research into night hawks!

Jun 22, 2015
Swallow-type bird
by: Deanna

Re: - to "Anonymous" - check on line for "Common Night Hawk". Sounds like that may be the bird you are seeing. They are beautiful!

Jun 21, 2015
Swallow type bird with white stripes
by: Anonymous

We have a few in central/southern Illinois. We think it's a northern mockingbird but we're not sure.

Sep 02, 2014
Swallo-type birds
by: Deanna

I've done some more searching and from what I can see, they are probably "common night hawks". I was quite surprised by this but everything I'm finding seems to point me in this direction.

Sep 02, 2014
Bird ID, KY
by: Randy Nance

Checking on the cows tonight at dusk and saw about 20 swallow type birds with a white stripe on the underside of the wings from front to back. Anybody know what these are? Large wing span, maybe 10 inches.

Jul 13, 2014
bird id
by: Deanna

I've been wondering what this bird is as well (white bar under wing, swallow-like behaviors.). I live in the Cowichan Valley and this is the 2nd year I've noticed them flying in the evening - I assume fly catching. If anyone knows what they are, please reply. I will check out the Common \Night \hawk - might be that.

Aug 20, 2012
Common Nighthawk, Probably
by: Rooty

I live in southeast Wisconsin on Lake Michigan and have been seeing these for the last month or so for the first time. They always appear at dusk and there might be 20-30 I can see at a time. The white bar under the wings is very distinctive.

Aug 18, 2012
Swallow type bird bird
by: Ricardo

About 3 days ago they show up around here ,I leave in the state line ,california and oregon they seem to be like 16 inches wings expand , don't know what they are yet

Aug 16, 2012
Common nighthawk?
by: Anonymous

These birds are currently in the Victoria area, too.

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