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I am guessing Common, because the wings are fairly pointy and the white spots look to span 5 primaries, but I would welcome expert input. I am thrilled because I had never seen a nighthawk before, but there were about 20 swooping around in a field across from my house this evening, along with some barn swallows, which I see all of the time.
This morning there were two hawks on my neighbor's burn pile. I think they are Cooper's Hawks (although I am always happy to be corrected by accipiter experts). This may be a silly question, but...why were there two? Do they hunt in pairs? They were only there briefly, because of course my neighbor came outside and inadvertently scared them away, as he has inadvertently scared away a barred owl, indigo bunting, and scarlet tanagers. THANKS A LOT, SKYLAR.