Vail Daily column: Aerobatics in the Colorado skies

By Edward Stoner

The common nighthawk is a medium-sized bird somewhat similar to an owl. Before taking on this species as the subject for a Curious Nature column, I hadn’t given this species much thought. However, I quickly realized that, despite the name, this bird was not all that commonly known. Nighthawks are crepuscular animals, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. During the day, they almost disappear with their dark cryptic coloration and intricate camouflaged patterns. They sit motionless, perched on tree branches, fence posts and even the ground, becoming nearly invisible to all but the most careful observer. The …

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