Sunday, May 28, 2017
Lesser Nighthawk - Lord Sterling Park, NJ
While watching the Henslow's Sparrow at Shawangunk I got chatting to a couple of birders about the extraordinary report of a Lesser Nighthawk at a park in New Jersey. It had apparently been handed in as an injured bird to a rescue centre, and they had released it once it had recovered. They assured me it had been present for a couple of days, and would probably still be there. I therefore hot-footed it south on a filthy twitch. Sure enough it was exactly where it had been for the past couple of days. A quite extraordinary record since they are really supposed to be in California right now.