Another distinctive feature whippoorwills have is their "bristles"--long, thin feathers around the mouth that help funnel flying insects into their waiting mouths.
Whippoorwills prefer heavily forested areas with sparse undergrowth, often located near clearings and pastures.
speaker of the poem addresses the whippoorwill
as Saxon, but in the
By day, we'll search the same heavens for whippoorwills
, hawks, and larks.
Together with barred and screech owls, tree frogs and coyotes, whippoorwills
make the music of a rural spring night in the forest.
At night, whippoorwills
called from the big pines, and horned owls laughed back and forth as the moon rose.
Bullfrogs and whippoorwills
lulled us to sleep at night, a welcome change.
The area's forests, grasslands, scrublands, and pine barrens will now be managed to protect the public water supply and habitat for wildlife such as whippoorwills
, upland sandpipers, and eastern box turtles.
So have the whippoorwills
, which we loved listening to in the evenings but have not heard for many years.
Serenaded by whippoorwills
and owls interrogating the dark, I carefully wrap this day and store it in memory's treasure chest.
In the evenings, when the sun has breached the tall pines that stand like sentinels at the edge of the pasture, and the whippoorwills
greet the coming night, I watch the fireflies make magic in the still darkness, and eventually I hear your Mother, Bonnie, calling to me from the front porch.
It's the voice of a bird almost never seen but almost always heard, wherever it lives, from early spring to about mid-summer--the voice of the whippoorwill
It took us awhile to get out of the city and into our dream place, but every night when the whippoorwills
sing me to sleep, I know it was worth every minute.
During field studies in Table Mountain pine forests, I've either observed or found evidence of deer browsing on the understory, turkeys scratching for insects on the forest floor, scarlet tanagers nesting in the forest canopy, pileated woodpeckers pounding for insects on old pine snags, whippoorwills
and ruffed grouse resting in the shrubs, and fence lizards scurrying up pine trunks.
Upon closer examination I saw that it was a whippoorwill