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North America - London Ontario Canada... ID Common Nighthawk?

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Old Tuesday 15th May 2018, 13:37   #1
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Smile North America - London Ontario Canada... ID Common Nighthawk?

Hi all!
I am reluctant to call this and would appreciate your expertise... I sighted this bird two days ago (May 13, 2018) near the Thames River in east London (Canada). Unfortunately I was unable to hear it's call or view it in flight. Any help is appreciated. Online guides suggest the Eastern Whip-poor-Will has white markings on the tail while other online guides suggest the Common Nighthawk has white wing markings. This bird has both... My review of this bird leads me to a Common Nighthawk since it does not have obvious horizontal bars on the tail that each of the Whip-poor-will illustrations showed. Thanks in advance for your help. Also, would anyone know how common this bird is in the area?
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Old Tuesday 15th May 2018, 13:45   #2
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Looks fine for a Common Nighthawk. Not sure on its status in your area but maybe check Ebird for records.
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Thanks Andrew! Just looked on eBirds and no sightings so far...
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Common Nighthawk for sure.
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Thanks Andrew! Just looked on eBirds and no sightings so far...
That's true but one yesterday at Long Point, so they're heading in. Looks as though it's fairly common in your area.
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Defo Common Nighthawk.
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