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.
You know the cry of a crow, friend, from the whistle of the whip-poor-will?"
Remember, then, when you hear the whip-poor-will's call three times repeated, you are to come into the bushes where the bird might be supposed--"
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.