[TN-Bird] Common Nighthawk Nest in Barrens

  • From: Allan Trently <ajtcorax@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tennessee Birds <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:50:36 -0400

I flushed a Common Nighthawk off a nest containing two eggs in a West Highland 
Rim barrens in Decatur County yesterday.  I am not aware of any nighthawk nest 
reports from the barrens of the West Highland Rim so I thought this note might 
be important to pass along.  They nest in glades of the Central Basin so it is 
not surprising to find a nest in the barrens which are similar in habitat 
structure (treeless or nearly treeless area with open areas of solid rock 
and/or gravel).  The nest was on a small strip of gravel surrounded by 
herbaceous vegetation.

Allan Trently
Jackson, Madison County, TN

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