I observed this Common Nighthawk in my backyard. The bird was sitting on my children’s swing set.

Nighthawks are commonly seen flying over parking lots at dusk or dawn, either singly or in pairs. They have distinctive white bands near the ends of each wing that make them easy to identify even in low light.

Common Nighthawk - Monkey Bars
The Common Nighthawk is sitting between the second and third yellow chain from the right.
The Common Nighthawk is sitting between the second and third yellow chain from the right.
Common Nighthawk - Monkey Bars
Common Nighthawk - Monkey Bars
Common Nighthawk - Monkey Bars

Observation Details

CountyDenton
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CityCarrollton
DateSeptember 5, 2009
Time of DayMorning
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
WeatherCloudy
HabitatResidential – Single Family
Type of BehaviorResting
GenderUncertain
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson