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They are quickly told apart from the flying mammals by the white stripes on their wings and the call of "peent" that escapes their beaks.
Walk the trail just before dusk, listening for the unmistakable "peent" call coming from the male Woodcocks.
At that _peent_ -- that first warning cry -- of Mr. Nighthawk's, they had all vanished as if by magic, among the leaves.
Mounting by easy stages of half a dozen rapid strokes, catching flies by the way, and crying _peent-peent_, the acrobat climbs until I look a mere lump on the roof; then ceasing his whimpering _peent_, he turns on bowed wings and falls -- shoots roofward with fearful speed.
Nighthawks are known for their repeated "peent" call as they hunt for flying insects.
That peent was followed by another, then many many more.