The Mysterious Folklore of the Whippoorwill
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Yes I have always cherish the call of the Whippoorwill when I was growing up my family spent months at the lake in the summertime spring and fall, and I was almost rocked to sleep like a euphoria to the song as a whippoorwill I will never forget how peaceful and how serene it made me feel I feel like at night the water was so smooth and the air was so steel and now I have one at my house every year every year he’s in the woods behind the house and we’re close to water and we have ponds and sand in Georgia. Not far outside Atlanta and I just love that bird I’ll tell you I love the song, the memories it’s like I can see like I’m there again at the lake as a young child as a young man and I have just always been fascinated and just so , it’s like a buzz it’s crazy but it takes me somewhere that I really really cherish I mean after all, I can close my eyes and see exactly where I’m at almost every time every year it’s crazy, so yeah, I love this bird and I have one here at the house now for about four years. I don’t know how long is gonna be there he’s singing his ass off all night long and I love it I crack the wind at night , just so I can hear him all night long man what a wonderful song so God bless the Whippoorwill that’s it. I could talk for hours about the memories. Yeah I love this bird I’ve actually seen the bird and I cannot believe the camouflage is crazy in the daytime. I saw the bird he was at the bottom of the tree, but he was on the tree. He was about a foot off the ground and he was standing on the tree sideways. You know he wasn’t vertical are you wasn’t horizontal he was vertical, but he went pointed up and down his pointed left and right, you know , how peaceful that guy just chilling out looked. He looked right at me and I’ll write him. I said God bless you and I think that Burdett knew I meant no harm because he just chilled out. I never moved in. I was there a good 10 minutes talking to him. Great bird there are so many people that hate that song everybody I meet just about and I’m just like really I don’t get it so for me good memories, good places good Times, my life I had a good childhood and that bird is important part of it.
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When I was a young girl, I would be laying in a feather bed in my grandparents log cabin in Brown County, Indiana. I heard the Whippoorwill serenading me in the still of a summer night. For me, the serenade of the Whipporwill was a blessing I longed to experience at my grandparents cabin. No air-conditioning so you could soak in the night sounds uninterrupted. Beautiful memories stored in my mind. I live in Texas now and long to hear the serenade of the Whippoorwill.
I have seen the Nighthawks flying overhead few times their a relative of the Whippoorwill and the poorwill is a the only
Bird in North America that can hibernate
I heard a bird at night, approximately 3:45 AM whistling outside of my window. This went on for about 15 minutes and then I start looking up. What birds in Illinois make that sound. I didn’t realize there were so many out there until I went across information about death or a bad omen with an eastern whippoorwill, and then I listen to the sound, and it is exactly the sound of the bird that I’m hearing outside of my window. I suddenly felt panic pressure in my chest and the feeling of dread. Maybe it was due to the omen of someone dying close to you in the house or what not but it was enough for me to go check on my son. After 45 minutes, the bird has stopped, but this was the only experience I’ve had with a bird of this nature in the wee hours of the morning. .
While growing up outside a very small town in Southeast Missouri we would always have windows open and only screen doors in the summer as we didn't have air conditioning. I still recall and completely long for the sound of a whippooorwills song on that back porch. My dream is that they are able to be plentiful in nature and never be lost.
I loved listening to them as a kid. They were plentiful where I lived. My parents had a rule that we couldn't go barefoot outdoors until the whipoorwills began singing. I never heard of them being a bad omen, unless it was heard in the daytime.
The Poorwill has been proven to be the only North American Bird that Hibernates their relative of the Whippoorwill and I have sena another close relative the Common Nighthawk all these birds feed on nighttime insects like Beetles and Moths as well as Mosquitos
We used to hear from regularly in our backyard in GA, but not for many years. Feral and domestic cats have shrunk suitable habitat for these birds drastically - they nest on the ground. What we hear now are Chuck-will's widows - sound very similar. My wish is that the Whippoorwill will recover. Create safe habitat areas for these wonderful birds of the night!
I had one use to set up near my window in Tarpon Springs Florida in the winter when I was a kid. Haven’t heard one in about 59 years, though.