Buff-collared Nightjar (Caprimulgus ridgwayi), Confluence of California Gulch and Warsaw Canyon, Santa Cruz County
These Buff-collared Nightjars were
found by Rich Hoyer on 31 March 2015 and photographed by Charles Melton on 30 May
Up to five have been reported from this location this year and multiple individuals have been reported from several traditional spots across southeast Arizona this year.
This species is a rare and irregular visitor to
desert canyons close to the border, especially in areas
with thornscrub. May be more regular than records
suggest, however it does appear to be irregular in numbers
and this year above-average numbers have been reported
than typical in recent years.
nightjar (note long rictal bristles) with complete,
clean, bold buffy collar. The white tail tips in the
closer individual and buffy tail tips on the back bird
indicate a male and female respectively.
30 May 0015, photo by Charles MeltonAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 10 June 2015