May 7, 2017 8:30-10:10 pm
Big Sandy area, Benton County
On Sunday night, our family participated in our fourth nightjar survey
for the Nightjar Survey Network. Conditions were perfect for listening
for nightjars with a bright moon, no wind, clear sky, and minimal frog
noise. We had our best results ever with 44 total birds on our 10 mile
survey route, split evenly between Chuck-will's-widows and
Our route is in Big Sandy (Benton County), starting about a mile from
the Big Sandy portion of the TN National Wildlife Refuge and heading
back along Lick Creek Road toward the small town of Big Sandy. Each of
the 10 stops yielded multiple birds and one stop had so many
Whip-poor-wills calling that it was very difficult to count the
There is still time to participate. Check out
http://www.nightjars.org/ to find available routes and instructions.
Shawna Ellis (Henry County)
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