Common Nighthawks (Chordeiles minor) are aerial insectivores that often forage over water, at high speeds, and sometimes at high densities. Foraging nighthawks have regularly been observed flying < 1 m from the surface of the water. Under these circumstances navigation errors or mid-air collisions could result in birds falling in the water, with the risk of drowning. We report two observations of Common Nighthawks that fell into a river and were able to easily take off from the surface of the water without any noticeable detrimental effects.
|Pages (from-to)||125 - 127|
|Journal||Canadian Field Naturalist|
|State||Published - Nov 11 2017|