After scouting separately today, Mike and I met at dusk to nail down a spot for Chuck-will's-widows and Whip-poor-wills. The wind was blowing but we managed to hear "chucks" nearby and distant "whips". An unexpected bonus was a Woodcock that vocalized once and a Barred Owl that called several times.
The picture above is a Common Eider that was at 8th Avenue Jetty in Avalon today. All his friends have headed north by now. Will he stay around until Saturday? It would be nice if he does but we often say "ducks will break your heart"! They always seem to leave right before the event.