English and Scientific names:

Lesser Nighthawk


Number of individuals: 




Cameron Parish


Specific Locality:

Peveto Sanctuary


Date(s) when observed:

May 1, 2010


Time(s) of day when observed:  

2:08 PM


Reporting observer and address:

Thomas Finnie
, LA



Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Thomas Maddox + five other birders


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

A Lesser Nighthawk has been observed recently at Peveto Sanctuary by other birders.


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Sunny, clear day


Optical equipment: 

Nikon D300 + 400mm Lens


Distance to bird(s): 

Thirty yards


Duration of observation:

Thirty minutes



Peveto Sanctuary - Oak woodlot on cheniere close to Gulf.


Behavior of bird: 

Bird sitting motionless on a limb appearing to be sleeping.



See picture for details of Lesser Nighthawk.


Not vocal.

Similar species:

See picture for details of Lesser Nighthawk.


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographed by Thomas Maddox and Thomas Finnie. Photographs being emailed.



Previous experience with this species: 

Seen on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Peveto Sanctuary in presence of Paul Conover, Dave Patton, Matt Pontiff, Gary Pontiff, Thomas Finnie and myself.


Identification aids:

Peterson's Guide


This description is written from: 

See attached picture.


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



Date and time: 

May 1, 2010 @ 7:42 PM