Whip-poor-wills Under the Buck Moon

  • Mast Yard State Forest 180-198 W Parish Rd Concord, NH, 03303 United States

Eastern Whip-poor-will, Hopkinton, NH
Photograph by Pam Hunt

"A bird not only of the woods, but of the night side of the woods..."

When Henry David Thoreau gave us this description of the Whip-poor-will in 1851, its song must have been the very sound of the night itself throughout large parts of New England. With the loss of their open-forest and shrubland habitat, however, Whip-poor-will populations have undergone serious declines in recent years. New Hampshire Audubon biologist Pam Hunt, who has carried out extensive studies of our state's Whip-poor-wills, will lead us on an evening walk to listen for this strange, secretive, raucous singer. If you've never heard this owl-like bird, here is your chance! July's "Buck Moon" will be almost full: perhaps we'll also pick up the more subtle sound of velvet growing on fresh deer antlers!

Special meeting time is 8:00 p.m., at the entrance to the Mast Yard State Forest, on Broad Cove Rd., near the town line between Hopkinton and Concord. Look for the power-line cut: the parking area is just beside it. Do bring a headlamp, if you have one, and something to keep the bugs at bay. Our expedition will wrap up by 9:30. Parking space is limited, so R.S.V.P. to nhyoungbirders@gmail.com if you plan to attend.