Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

Lesser Nighthawk was added to the Review List on 11 March 1989. The map, date chart, and records below pertain only to LBRC-accepted records.

 

 

Accepted Records

One adult female (1980-02; formerly 81-02) collected 20 April 1980 (SWC) at Hackberry Ridge near Johnsons Bayou, Cameron Parish. Specimen (LSUMZ 94463) is eighth for Louisiana.

One male (1998-47) on 8 April 1998, Gulf of Mexico: Garden Banks 189A oil platform, 138 mi. S of Cameron, N 27.7786o, W 93.3095o; Laurence C. Binford.

One immature male (1999-98) on 26-28 Oct 1999, Gulf of Mexico: Green Canyon 18A oil platform, 110 mi. S of Morgan City, 27o 51’ 37” N, 91 o 01’ 45” W; Marshall J. Iliff; NAB 54(1): 63. Month erroneously noted as Nov in the NAB reference. The observer captured the bird by hand (28 Oct) and photocopied the living bird’s wings and tail to provide additional supporting documentation (the bird was then released unharmed).

One male (2000-95) on 3 Apr 2000, Gulf of Mexico: 138 mi. S of Cameron, Garden Banks 189A oil platform, 27o46'43²N, 93o18'34²W; Jon R. King (LSUMZ 176320, Donna L. Dittmann*).

One (2000-099; incorrectly numbered 2000-98 in 2010 Newsletter) on 18 April 2000, Cameron: Hwy. 82 approximately 2 mi. W Holly Beach; Jonathan L. Dunn (LSUMZ/DLD 9565; feathers only, ph). Feathers removed and saved from carcass found on highway.

Photo by Donna L. Dittmann from the Newsletter of the LBRC 2010 Annual Report

One 1st basic female (2004-47) on 30 Oct 2004, Cameron: Peveto Beach Woods; Paul E. Conover and Dave Patton (ph). Originally found by Phred M. Benham.

Photo by Dave Patton

One 1st basic male (2004-64) on 31 Oct 2004, Cameron: Peveto Beach Woods; Donna L. Dittmann (ph) and Steven W. Cardiff. This and the preceding record reported in NAB59(1):92.

One male (2007-77) on 22 November 2007, Cameron: Hwy. 27 at First Bayou, approx. 1 ½ mi. N Holly Beach; Devin Bosler (ph).

Photo by Devin Bosler

One male (2009-45) on 11 April 2009, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou, Peveto Beach Woods, BRAS Sanctuary; Gary Broussard (ph).

Photo by Gary Broussard

One female (2009-73) (ph), on 17 October 2009, Cameron: Oak Grove, Oak Grove Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph) and Lainie LaHaye (ph).

Photo by Paul Conover

One female (2010-67) on 24 April 2010, Cameron: approximately 5 mi. W old mouth Mermentau River (Rutherford Beach), 29.7738o N, 93.1943o W Donna L. Dittmann (DLD 9961) and Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ).

One female (2010-70) on 24 April 2010, Cameron: approximately 5 1/2 mi. W old mouth Mermentau River (Rutherford Beach); Donna L. Dittmann (ph; DLD 9962) and Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ).

Up to four (one male, three females, 2010-18) on 24-26 April 2010, Cameron: Peveto Beach Woods, BRAS Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph), Jeffrey W. Harris (ph), Thomas Finnie (ph), and Dave Patton (ph only), and Jay V. Huner (card only).

Photo by Paul Conover

One adult female (2010-49) banded on 25 April 2010, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou; T. J. Zenzal (ph).

Photo by T. J. Zenzal

One female (2010-27) on 1 May 2010, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou, Peveto Beach Woods, BRAS Sanctuary; Thomas Finnie (ph), and Thomas Maddox (ph). This may pertain to one of females observed on 25 April.

Photo by Thomas Maddox

One (2011-145) on 20 April 2011, Cameron: Willow Island, approximately 6 mi. E Cameron; Devin Bosler (ph).

Photo by Devin Bosler

One female (2011-014) on 28 April 2011, Cameron: Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph), Erik I. Johnson (ph), Devin Bosler (ph), and Tom Finnie (photos only).

Photo by Tom Finnie

One female (2012-130) on 6 April 2012, Cameron: Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One male (2013-022) on 1 April 2013, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou, Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul Conover

One male (2013-033) on 11 May 2013, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou, Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul Conover

One (2013-045) on 20 November 2013, Lafourche: beach W of mouth Bayou Lafourche at Belle Pass; Dan O’Malley (ph).

Photo by Dan O’Malley

One female (2014-044) on 15 April 2014, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou, Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Billy Jones (ph), Robert C. Dobbs (ph), Matt Brady (ph only), Molly Richard (ph only), and Michael J. Musumeche (ph only).

Photo by Michael J. Musumeche

One female (2014-078) on 18 & 22 April 2014, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou, Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul E. Conover

Unaccepted Records

Reported as "nesting,” (presumably) two birds (1970-02; formerly 82-50) on 20 June 1970, Vermilion: Rainey Sanctuary (Tern Island). The only identification mark provided was that the white wing patch was "closer to the wing tip." The Committee considered the description inadequate to eliminate the more likely Common Nighthawk (C. minor).

One bird (1988-77; formerly 89-81) on 17 Dec. 1988, Cameron: East Jetty Woods, 2 mi. S of Cameron (AB 43(2):326). Due to the very brief observation time (approx. 7 seconds) and poor light (observation at dusk), most Members believed that this record was best left as "nighthawk, sp.," despite the experience and expertise of the observer.

One bird (89-87) on 11 Dec. 1988, Plaquemines: Fort Jackson. Two of three observers submitted reports. The descriptions were very brief and did not eliminate Common or Antillean nighthawks to the satisfaction of the majority of Committee Members.

One (1997-82) on 27 Apr 1997, Cameron: Peveto Beach Woods. Although the date is within the established pattern of spring occurrence of Lesser Nighthawk, the observers were relatively inexperienced and a buffy-colored Common Nighthawk was not satisfactorily eliminated.

One adult (1995-60) on 23 April 1995, Cameron: W of Holly Beach at Fina lease. The observer reported the primary basis for this identification was that the bird was “buffy.” Although this individual may have been correctly identified, the description was too brief, leaving too much to Members’ imaginations to fill in the gaps. Lesser Nighthawk presents an under-appreciated identification problem. The reporter indicated that others may have obtained photos and we welcome these for a recirculation.

One (2000-023) on 23 April 2000, Gulf of Mexico: 77 mi. S Pecan Island, Vermilion 265 oil platform, 28o 30” 45” N, 92o 27’ 04” W. Most Members did not believe that the details were adequate to identify this species.

One (2010-099) on 4 December 2010, St. Charles: Bonnet Carre Spillway. The early winter date may be more suggestive of this species, and perhaps this bird was correctly identified. However, no definitive characters were observed.

One (2011-114) on 17 July 2011, Calcasieu: Fabacher Road. Photographs confirmed that the bird was actually a juvenile Common Nighthawk.

One male (2013-081) on 6 October 2013, Cameron: Peveto Woods Sanctuary. This was a brief observation of a bird seen only in flight. The submitting observer, who is also a Committee Member and who is very experienced with the species, submitted the report primarily so that it would be archived. He ultimately voted against his own report stating that, although he believed that the identification was likely correct, he agreed with other Members that the brevity of the observation and resulting limited detail did not warrant acceptance.

One (2016-044) on 15 April 2016, Jefferson: Grand Isle, Exxon Fields along Hwy. 1 at the TNC Office, N29.248°, W89.968°. This sighting involved a brief fly-by without the aid of binoculars. All Members ultimately agreed that the circumstances did not warrant acceptance.