Recent visitor to Nevada and need some help with bird ID.
Was visiting relatives in Henderson on Wed 5/16 and in early evening went to the Wigwam-Stephanie area to look at the proposed Cornerstone Lake. We walked down to and along water's edge. Was able to ID birds until dusk then 2 problem ID's.
1-bird landed on ground took off and flew low to ground for about 10 yards. Was bigger than the swallows with long wings. Noticed white bar on underside of wings. Bird landed and sat down on ground. All I could make out was light-grayish around neck. It took of with deep wing strokes, almost raptorish and headed over the water
2- changed my view to water. Could not follow bird 1 but saw group of 12-20 or so swallow like birds flycatching fairly low over water. However these were noticeably bigger than the northern rough wing swallows I had seen before dust.
They had long pointed wings and fairly long tails. They were dark above and below without wing bars
My first thought for bird 2 was Purple Martin ( would have ben life bird)but range map and low level flying did not match any of my field guides
Leafing through guides I came across Nighthawk for bird 1 ( would also be lifer). Couldn't determine if Common or Lesser.
Would really appreciate assistance, suggestions, comments.
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Sequoia Audubon Society, San Mateo Ca