• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Nightjar ID, Port Aransas, Texas (1 Viewer)


Well-known member
Was walking around the Willows yesterday, a small green area surrounding a bit of water, when I saw a large bird flush. It flew to a nearby branch. Got a quick look thru my binocs and then I tried to get a pic, but only captured these 2 poor quality frames.


My first look was a darkish brown nightjar with a a few golden buffy marks. After the 2 photos, it flew. Definitely not of the Nighthawk wing and tail shape. There were no distinguishable white markings on the tail. Was surprised at its size when it flew, as it was medium to large bird. As it flew I only got a view of its back and tail, which showed as only dark brown. Tail was spread. In looking at my sibley, I wonder if it was a Chuck-will's-widow.

First pic was right before it flew and second pic captures a bit of its tail.

Are there enough details in these 2 bad pics to confirm its ID?

Thx for your feedback.

Users who are viewing this thread