One of my favorite sounds of spring and summer is the beautiful night-hawk. Around dusk they patrol the skies over generally open areas searching for insects. They actually seem to prefer areas where there are man-made structures; that's why you will hear them often in town, especially near baseball/softball fields where the big banks of lights attract their food source. They really do seem fond of and are quite common around towns and cities. PLUS, another amazing fact that I read on the Cornell Ornithology website is that these birds do NOT build a nest, rather the female simply lays her eggs directly on the ground, and lets camouflage do the rest!
This recording was captured by my H4N using my Rode NT4 microphone mounted inside a parabolic dish. Other than simply boosting the level by about 10 db using Adobe Audition 3.0, I did no other processing to this file. That is why you hear distant traffic, and the occasional wind through the trees, as this recording was made on a breezy evening. Date of record: Thursday May 9th, 2013 between 7:30PM and 8:00PM.
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