Two birds were at least 1/2 mile away around Gundy Lake, Charlotte county N.B. They were not visible but could be heard (the sound was very odd). As they approached it was evident what the sound was …

Two birds were at least 1/2 mile away around Gundy Lake, Charlotte county N.B. They were not visible but could be heard (the sound was very odd). As they approached it was evident what the sound was they were making. One of the birds circled low. The other bird flew straight up to about 150' above and dove straight down to where the lower bird was flying. The noise I was hearing all along (at least 10 times before I knew it was birds) was the sound of the diving bird pulling out of the dive (I think). The air vibrations of this were quite loud, loud enough to hear at least a 1/2 mile away. Never witnessed it again and no one I know has ever heard of such a thing. Can some one tell me what kind of bird this was??

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Comment by Daniel Gerard Cusack on March 23, 2018 at 6:43am

Thank you Joanne and Ralph for your feedback. I think Ralph is right, I'm convinced that the birds were indeed Common Nighthawks. It was an amazing display to witness and I am now happy to know what type of bird it was.

Mystery solved.

Thanks again

Danny Cusack

Comment by Joanne Savage on March 22, 2018 at 3:24pm

Ralph's suggestion is a good one; perhaps the best.

Comment by RALPH ELDRIDGE on March 22, 2018 at 2:16pm

I just noticed that you have this question out in two places.

Joanne's suggestion on the other posting of Wilson's Snipe is a good one, too.

Here are links to recording of both birds. See if either species sounds like a candidate.

The recording are at bottom right as you open each window. 

Listen to them all the way through because they have a multitude of calls and non-verbal sounds.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/common-nighthawk

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/wilsons-snipe

Comment by RALPH ELDRIDGE on March 22, 2018 at 1:59pm

I would bet that you experienced a Nighthawk.

The males tend to perform their "booming" dive more at dawn and dusk but I've seen (and heard) them during the day, too.

Even a small group is getting to be a rare event but 50-60 years ago you would hardly notice them unless there was a large flock.

Comment by Daniel Gerard Cusack on March 22, 2018 at 1:32pm

It was around noon, near the end of April. I should add that it was about 8 years ago.

Comment by RALPH ELDRIDGE on March 22, 2018 at 10:15am

When did this happen? Time of day and time of year are important.

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