Night hawk


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Night hawk (Zoöl) an American bird (Chordeiles Virginianus), allied to the goatsucker. It hunts the insects on which it feeds toward evening, on the wing, and often, diving down perpendicularly, produces a loud whirring sound, like that of a spinning wheel.
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In literature:

Let me be known as the Night Hawk.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The sudden raucous note of a night-hawk jarred upon the air, and a shadow on silent wings sped past.
"The Riddle Of The Rocks" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Thou hare, camel, coney, night-hawk, raven, lobster, earwig, hog!
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
Downstairs the Earl was telling Geraint that last night the Sparrow-hawk had sent back all their treasures.
"Stories of King Arthur's Knights" by Mary MacGregor
The Night Hawk, in making its home, prefers a well timbered country.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various
The Night Hawk blew his whistle four sharp blasts, and his pickets galloped from their positions and joined him.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The night hawks swoop down and boom as they pass overhead.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
There was once upon a time a witch, who in the shape of a hawk used every night to break the windows of a certain village church.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Night-hawks, high above, swooped after their prey and added their weird noise to the din.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Night descended suddenly on the outlaw space-port that day the elderly exile waited in vain for his comrade in arms Hawk Carse to show up.
"The Affair of the Brains" by Anthony Gilmore

In poetry:

Now woods have overgrown the mead,
And hid the cliffs from sight;
There shrieks the hovering hawk at noon,
And prowls the fox at night.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
Wind you must waver a gossamer sail
To ferry a scent so light,
Will you carry my love a message as frail
Through the hawk-haunted night?
"The Message" by Duncan Campbell Scott
The night-hawk's din deserts the shepherd's ear,
Succeeded by the huntsman's trumpet clear,
O come Diana, start the morning chase
Thou ancient goddess of the hunting race.
"On The Evening And Morning" by George Moses Horton
The night-hawk now, with his nocturnal tone,
Wakes up, and all the Owls begin to moan,
Or heave from dreary vales their dismal song,
Whilst in the air the meteors play along.
"On The Evening And Morning" by George Moses Horton
And the bird unaware, blessing the summer eternal,
Joyfully labouring, proud in his strength, gay-plumed,
Unaware of the hawk and the snow and the frost-bound nights,
And of his death foredoomed.
"Summer-Like" by George Orwell
Slumber is there, but not of rest;
There her forlorn and weary nest
The famished hawk has found,
The wild dog howls at fall of night,
The serpent's rustling coils affright
The traveller on his round.
"Monday In Whitsun-Week" by John Keble

In news:

The Portland Trail Blazers lost on Monday night to the Atlanta Hawks, moving them to 2-5 on the season.
This was one night the Atlanta Hawks were happy to be playing back-to-back games.
Allen Huddleston scored 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting including three 3-pointers and Fresno State imposed its will on San Diego Christian in the second half, outscoring the Hawks 45-22 to go on and win 84-49 on Thursday night.
Alonzo Gee scored on a putback with less than 1 second remaining, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night that snapped a four-game losing streak.
A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death at Red Hawk Casino on Wednesday night.
Nearly 1,200 people crowded Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, and hundreds more watched a simulcast in overflow areas Tuesday night as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking gave a rare talk about his own early life, influences and passions.
SANDY — Trying to avoid the runner-up spot for the third-straight year, the Viewmont Vikings battled Alta Friday night in a repeat of last year's state 5-A girls soccer championship match the Hawks won, 1-0.
The Hawks face the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
The Lakes Conference hardwood openers for both the Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks of Emmetsburg were rough outings on Tuesday night.
The Lady E-Hawks fell to Estherville Lincoln Central by a 55-23 score and the E-Hawks were edged in a 46-42 final tally at Estherville on Tuesday night.
Josh Smith had 24 points, Lou Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-83 on Saturday night.
The Washington Wizards will try to parlay their success Tuesday night against the defending champion Miami Heat into a first road win this season Friday when they visit the Atlanta Hawks.
Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night .
Marvin Williams had 14 points and nine rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks opened a double-digit lead early and cruised to a 106-70 victory over the sluggish Nets on Tuesday night in their final home opener in New Jersey.
The Atlanta Hawks went to overtime for a second consecutive night, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 102-96 on Friday behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from Josh Smith.