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Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor

Nests on bare ground in open landscapes, mostly at low and moderate elevations. In Kittitas County, common in shrub-steppe, grasslands, agricultural lands, and shrubby areas of lower forest zones surrounding Kittitas Valley, especially along rivers. Uncommon and local on both sides of Cascade crest at higher elevations where suitable forest openings available, including clearcuts and logged-off ridges. Once common and widespread in Puget Trough lowlands, now uncommon and highly local, principally in managed forests of southwestern Kitsap County.