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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-04-06 10:40 PM
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Poll question: Have you ever heard a whippoorwill?
Edited on Sun Jun-04-06 10:41 PM by bertha katzenengel

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Briarius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-04-06 10:43 PM
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1. Not since I lived in Indiana
we had several that lived around the house when I was a kid. Nothing better than sitting out on the porch watching the stars and listening to the whippoorwills talk :D good memories :D
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-04-06 10:46 PM
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2. no, but
i have heard chuck will's widow.
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-04-06 11:12 PM
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3. "In the daytime I see the birds, at night I hear the whippoorwill"
Taj Mahal
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-04-06 11:19 PM
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4. For about 2 weeks, while "camping" somewhere in VA.,
the suckers nearly drove me insane with their calls at night while I tried to get to sleep.
I love birds, but these guys (and the local male Mockingird in June) have it out for my REM.
Imagine, after a busy day, lying down for a nights rest, and hearing the incessant call whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will.

ohmigod - it was the worst camping experience EVER.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-04-06 11:23 PM
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5. coulda been a screech owl with insomnia
;)
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 06:58 AM
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6. What steely said.
And they keep it up all night!
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 04:37 PM
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26. Jeebus - I was talking in my sleep - and everybody else was
snoring!.

Sarge - I was "camping" at Ft. A.P. Hill.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 05:23 PM
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30. OIC
Well, at least you didn't have to listen to B-52's and C-135's coming and going all night long.
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 08:27 PM
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33. Thankfully no.
Oddly, I sleep well where we live (near a small airbase), and at Dix (near MacGuire) I got used to the jets (all stateside). A roomie even used to play drums for practice after work - right when I would sleep - no prob.
But those friggin birds.
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riona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 07:46 AM
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7. Please give me 6 of those
over our demented mockingbird.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 08:02 AM
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9. Do Mockingbirds really "sing" at night?
For the past week or so, I've had to close my window because of this bird who sits in the tree right near my window and won't SHUT UP! We have alot of Mockingbirds around here. They nest in a tree in my yard and attack anybody or anything that gets close to it. Aside from being annoying sometimes, though, I really like them.
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riona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 08:41 AM
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10. According to my birder friend
they DO NOT shut up at night - it's a male during the breeding season thing. Good luck!
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 04:41 PM
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27. O/T Re: Mockingbirds
The boys sing to atract girls during breeding season - I always pray he's good looking and gets one right away.

Seems like he goes right when the head hits the pillow.

Funny since the night city noises never bugged me.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 07:37 PM
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31. Yes. Damn them.
And now they are attacking the cats.

I swear, my dogs LAUGH when they see that, at least they do until they get hammered by the birds.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 07:13 AM
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36. My neighbors used to laugh at my cats being attacked...
Until the Mockingbirds started attacking THEM. Hilarious. I've never been able to get close enough to actually see the nest; they come out of nowhere and swoop down at me. (No wonder there are so many of them).
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aquaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 07:46 AM
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8. Hear one every night during the summer....
Have several that hang around my house.
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freethought Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 09:47 AM
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11. Yes, but it has been quite a long time, years in fact. n/t
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bmbmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 09:49 AM
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12. It means he's lost the will to live.
I'm so lonesome, I could cry.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 09:52 AM
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13. Yes, it's very distinctive.
And haunting, I agree. ;(
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 09:57 AM
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14. As a kid in Illinois
Don't think I've ever heard one in MD.
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 10:19 AM
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15. yes .. Hear it here
...
The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry...

Hank Williams (also done by Johnny Cash)


sung by Johnny Cash here .. http://www.hit-country-music-lyrics.com/johnnycashlyric...
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:31 PM
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21. Ray Charles and Jimmy Dale Gilmore both cover it, too, proving beyond
a doubt that Hank Williams was a genius.
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:50 PM
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23. I still love to listen to Hank Williams ..
One of great loves is a theatre production by Sneezy Waters, called "Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave"
Very poignant and very sad.

aA
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rustydog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:09 PM
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16. BJ thomas had a good version of it too.
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill?
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low:
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

I've never seen a night so long,
When time goes crawling by.
The moon just went behind a cloud,
To hide its face and cry.

Did you ever see a Robin weep,
When leaves begin to die?
That means he's lost his will to live.
I'm so lonesome I could cry.


The silence of a falling star,
Lights up a purple sky.
And as I wonder where you are,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.
I'm so lonesome I could cry.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:15 PM
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18. beat me to it...
my Momma raised me on Hank ;)
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:15 PM
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17. I don't believe I have.
Are they really supposed to signify somebody's death, or is that only in Lovecraft stories?
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 08:08 PM
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32. i hope they don't signify someone's death - i hear them almost
every night in late spring, summer, and early fall.

of course, certainly someone on the planet is dying at the same time i hear a whippoorwill sing :shrug:
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 09:25 PM
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34. In Appalachian folklore they do
that's why they keep showing up in all those "we will meet on the other side" type old-time songs.
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:21 PM
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19. yes. i spent summers at a camp on a lake in Maine growing up.
they were common there. nt
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WoodyTobiasJr Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:24 PM
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20. I'm guessing from the responses..
that it's a bird. I've never heard of one before. You can't really tell what it is from that picture, my first thought was that it's a lizard.
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 04:42 PM
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28. Yeah, thy're birds alright - I thought they were bigger.
Especially around the mouth part.
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maveric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 12:46 PM
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22. They are all over New England.
I remember my Dad making the sound and the birds answering back. At least thats how a 4 year old saw it.
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Z_I_Peevey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 03:59 PM
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24. Frequently of late.
I hope this does not mean I am about to cross over into another plane.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 04:03 PM
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25. You just made me smile
Edited on Mon Jun-05-06 04:03 PM by Book Lover
remembering the backyard of my parents' home. Thanks :-)
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 04:47 PM
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29. i work with someone who has never heard OF one
Camprimulgus Vociferus

Whip-poor-will
The Whip-poor-will, Caprimulgus vociferus, is a medium-sized (22-27 cm) nightjar.

Adults have mottled plumage: the upperparts are grey, black and brown; the lower parts are grey and black. They have a very short bill and a black throat. Males have a white patch below the throat and white tips on the outer tail feathers; in the female, these parts are light brown.

The Whip-poor-will's breeding habitat is deciduous or mixed woods across southeastern Canada, eastern and southwestern United States, and Central America. They nest on the ground, in shaded locations, among dead leaves, and lays usually two creamy eggs. This bird does not normally flush from the nest unless it is underfoot.

Northern birds migrate to the southeastern United States and south to Central America. Central American races are largely resident. These birds forage at night, catching insects in flight. They normally sleep during the day.

The Whip-poor-will is commonly heard but seldom seen; the name imitates this bird's call.

This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors (see full disclaimer)


i heart Goatsuckers!

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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 09:30 PM
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35. I'm not sure..
... but I hear his cousin, Chuck Will's Widow, pretty often.

They have a loud, LOUD call that starts and dusk and goes on until they get laid or dawn.

When we first got out place in the country, there was one not 200 feet from the tent we set up to spend our first night there. The noise started at dusk and kept us up all night.

We didnt' know what it was. At first I thought it was a bird, then a tree frog, finally I verified it was a Chuck Will's Widow. We still hear them, but they are usually far enough away to not wake the dead :)
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 10:08 AM
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37. Of course! It was the name of the street my house was on.
Edited on Tue Jun-06-06 10:08 AM by Shell Beau
All of the streets in my childhood neighborhood were named after birds. So, we have heard them in my parts.
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