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March 25, 2009

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Misty-thank you for the comment! I still have whippoorwills around my house. You can go here to hear one: http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2012/06/appalachia-through-my-eyes-whipporwills.html


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One of my fondest memories of my grandparents is going out on a warm summer night to sit on the porch and listen to the whippoorwill. My Grandparents passed some 10 years ago. and so it seams, too has that sweet whippoorwill call. We could hear 2 that would seemingly sing back and forth. One would go on and on for a bit..then off in the distance another. I live on the outskirts of Nashville (Brown County) Indiana. I miss the whippoorwill song almost as much as I miss my Nan and Grandad. I go out at night and sit on my porch swing in the hopes that I might catch a listen to the sound that would probably bring me to tears for all the memories it would bring back.a

I love the picture!! I had no idea what one was, Sooo that I guess answers the next question ..NOPE never heard one...BUT then again...maybe I have don;t you think LOL I mean if I don't know them HOW would I know what they sounded like LOL LOL. very cute though! I am a big Owl fan, they kinda remind me in the pic of one.hope you're well :)
Much love from the Rockies :)

Funny story! We just started hearing the whipporwills again a few days ago. I like being able to listen to them.

Hi Tipper,
Oh yes, I have heard many whippoorwill's in my time. They have a beautiful, mournful sound. I hope they are not "choked out" completely!

I continue to love your stories and the music. Thanks for visiting me at http://genealogytraces.blogspot.com and leaving your comments.
Judy

We have them in our woods too, although I'm not sure there are as many as we used to have. It is a soothing, lonesome sort of sound.

It seems like I haven't heard the whippoorwills in a long time. I even used to hear them in Okla. City when I was little and for sure when we'd go back to Tennessee for family reunions. I'll have to listen for them this year since I'm out 'in the country' now.

Helen

I love the sound of the whippoorwill, reminds me of my grandma, and sleeping over at her house when I was little.

We're listening for them also, we've had 2 the last couple of years...1 up the holler and 1 down the holler. It's so beautiful hearing them call to each other. (I guess that's what they're doing!)
We have a whippoorwill winter here (according to Mamaw) and I think it's in between Dogwood and Blackberry, I'll have to pay better attention this year! :)

If whippoorwills call in Indiana I have never heard them, not one. My birdwatching book says they should be all around.

Last one I heard was in Tennessee. I heard them every warm evening then. Still, unseen.

I could never tire of those times; dusk, a warm evening, nighttime falling, darkness beginning, a long battle with the day's hardness nearly over, a neighbor sitting with us on the porch and Mom and Dad and him talking and telling stories and recollecting how it was back then.
A whippoorwill calling, somewhere there off on the hillside. A soft, melancholy refrain.

But I don’t hear them here. Never have.

I think the coming dark would be softer if I could.

That sure was a tall tale. I've heard whippoorwills, but not lately. I love to listen to the birds.

I've never heard one, Tipper! It sounds as though I'm truly missing out! I would love to hear that recording you referred to. Actually, the first time I've ever heard of a whipporwill was through Hank William's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Die." A fun tale. Wishing you and your family a Spring full of Whipporwills! :))

That's a great tale! I wonder how the birds tell it these days!

Tipper: I can remember the call of the Whippoorwill when in the PA mountains. I certainly haven't heard one for quite a while.

I don't think I know what they sound like either. I was with JoLyn when we first saw fireflies. Like little girls seeing our first Christmas Tree. At my house in WA springtime brings frogs. Millions of tiny frogs smaller than a quarter. They are so loud that if you get anywhere near the pond you can't hear each other talk.

Not familiar until now! Thanks for sharing and have a fantastic weekend! :)

I love to hear the whippoorwills! We always left the door open as a kid so we could hear their sweet songs. I esp love to hear them call back and forth (I guess)...excellent stuff. I heard some just 2 weeks ago at my folks' house again!

Tipper, I don't hear them where I live. Either I am too close to civilization or there aren't as many of them as they used to be. I haven't even thought of them in years. Sad, one more thing no longer around because of us.
I do have bears, raccoons, woodpeckers, squirrels and I had a possum on the porch two nights ago!

Haven't heard a whippoorwill in years. Last time was when I visited my sister in WV during the Summer. Don't go there much in Summer anymore. Ticks just seem to enjoy attaching themselves to me. In the city I hear doves out back and we have an owl that visits every day. I had to ask Andy about it and he said he saw him a few times. He's a great birdwatcher.

Thanks for sharing the story, it made me giggle. Hope you hear their call a lot more come Summer. xxoo

I remember taking a vacation in the western Virginia mountains when my girls were very little. My then 3-year-old was enchanted with the whippoorwills, and would tell us, "I can hear them whippooring."

I have heard whippoorwills, it has been a long time. I remember a tale about a man named Will that my family knew when I was a kid. It was told that he was going to whip his daughter and the whippoorwill kept saying whip-her-will,whip-her-will and he about beat her to death.

I haven't heard a whippoorwill in many years. Sad that they, like several other birds, are disappearing. The meadowlark seems to be gone from here as well. blessings, marlene

I love to sit on my porch swing and listen to the whipporwills late summer evenings.

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill? He sounds to blue to cry.
It means he's lost the will to live.
I'm so lonesome I could die. Hank Williams

I heard them many times. We don't have them in this area that I know of. I remember them in the evening when I was a boy at my grandmother's farm. Pappy

I'm not all together sure I know what they sound like. I need a demonstration. :)

I've always liked to sit on the fronch porch and listen to the whipporwills. The hillside behind our house seems to be chock full of them. My Granny always said that a place with a lot of whipporwills is a sign that there are alot of snakes in the area too, because whipporwills eat snakes. I do know that our hillside is like one big rockpile, legend has it that the hillside is the spot where the devil broke his apron strings and lost all of his rocks during the great rock fight between him and God. So I'm sure all of those rocks are a fine snake harbor, and hence would support a more than populous community of whipporwills.

Matthew

I dont think I have ever heard one. I wish I could though...what a neat story.

I haven't heard one here in the Detroit area, but they used to sign us to sleep in Northern Lower Michigan. But only two or three, not enough so we couldn't hear.

What a comical story!

Whipporwhill's remind me of my childhood in Oklahoma. We'd hear their lonesome call in the summer.

I haven't heard a whippoorwill in a real long time. That's the trouble with living in the city now, I guess...well, one of the troubles.

That is a funny story! I used to tie the fronts of my shirts all the time. Maybe that has something to do with the dwindling population. LOL
The sound of the whippoorwil is something I look forward to when the air turns warm. I used to have one that was so loud outside my bedroom window, it sounded as if he were sitting on the window sill. He sang me to sleep each night. I sure miss that one.

Oh Tipper, the whippoorwill is my favorite bird. My sister lives out in the boonies from me and she has a beautiful place. She called me one evening last spring and said, "Listen," it was the whippoorwills across the road from her front porch, even tho it was over the phone, I could hear them quite clearly. Also when we lived in Arkansas, there used to be so many calling at nite, it was hard to get to sleep, lol. I would count the calls till I fell asleep. More recently, I have had the greatest pleasure in getting to see one up close and personal in my driveway! How cool is that. Thank you for bringing back these sweet sounding memories.

I remember sitting in my open window as a child in Hurricane WV after dark listening to the sound of the train and the whippoorwills. Now as an adult in TX the closest thing we have is a pair of Poor Will's Widows. Close but just not the same. Hope you hear them every single night this spring.

A few years ago we had one right outside are bedroom window. It just about drove me crazy. But your right I've not heard one in a long time.But I have always like to hear them but I don't remember ever seeing one.

I can't say that I have ever heard a whippoorwill. With such a pretty name, I bet they have a lovely call.

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