Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in -- only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whip-poor-will on the ridge-pole, a blue jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house, a screech owl or a cat owl behind it, a flock of wild geese or a laughing loon on the pond, and a fox to bark in the night.
Regularly at half-past seven, in one part of the summer, after the evening train had gone by, the whip-poor-wills chanted their vespers for half an hour, sitting on a stump by my door, or upon the ridge-pole of the house.
Just as I came to an intersection a chuck-will's-widow announced its presence in front of me and in the distance to the northwest another whip-poor-will
was still sending out his lonesome call.
As Brigham has found, nighthawks and their three wide-ranging North American relatives--the whip-poor-will
, chuck-will's-widow and common poorwill--definitely are not hot research subjects.
They went outside at night to hear whip-poor-wills
and screech owls.
Thus young readers will learn about the songs or sounds of American Robins, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow Warblers, Barred Owls, Black-capped Chickadees, Eastern Whip-poor-wills
, Mallards, American Woodcocks, White-breasted Nuthatches, Anna's Hummingbirds, House Sparrows, and Downy Woodpeckers.