A few days ago a Chuck-Will’s-Widow was heard on a nature preserve road in Orland, Maine . . . a rural town south of Bar Harbor.
The Chuck-Will’s Widow is a Nightjar, similar to the the Eastern Whip-Poor-Will, a nocturnal bird that is rarely seen and generally only heard at night. In the case of the Chuck-Will’s Widow . . . it is rarely heard north of New Jersey or Delaware.
So yesterday evening, I drove 90 minutes north to Orland planning to drive to the meadow where the bird was being heard . . . get a quick recording and then be home to watch a little Netflix. I was young and foolish.
I arrived at the “WILDLANDS – HOTHOLE VALLEY” and the gate was locked (guess I should have done a little more research). Of course I could still walk in but my GPS said it was a 55 minute hike to get to the bird (and it was getting dark). But I had driven 90 minutes and I’m a certifiable idiot, so I grabbed by headlamp and bug spray and sat off.
I eventually got the CWW but it was a very lonely 6 mile walk in the dark. I think I saw it fly in a meadow about 2.5 miles in and got a diagnostic recording.