Hadn’t heard many in several years but I did notice this past turkey season I was hearing some at daylight every morning. I have a whippoorwill ringtone on my phone and every time I get a call in public, it sparks this same discussion.
I hear them alot in the spring.theres a feq around home but less since they logged a few yrs back. In the north east corner of the state they seem to be plenty. Wipporwills and chuck will widow are both night hawks and ground nesters at night while coon hunting or frog gigging ive found several in the spring setting om the ground calling up mates.they have red eyes like a rabbit. I've also a bit latter in May and early june found them at night and day setting eggs. They nest in bare open ground like road ways or rocky spots or worked ground. Like a kill deer. Ok so when i was a kid and everybody raised baccer acres and acres of prime wiporwill nesting I know now. There was these birds dozens that flew crazy static like around and around up high above us they would be really high. Everybody called them bullbats I don't know why and never have. As I got older and less and less baccer was raised I saw fewer and fewer bull bats. And know I don't see many at all, maybe 1 a year but never the big flocks like I use to see. Plus all the no till crops. Know i see a bullbat and I can tell there a nighthawk of some sort. I thank the baccer feilds was acre upon acre of good nesting and know they just dont have it. That and the loss of big mature timber. Thats my observations Colt