I came very close to throwing the towel in on my year effort this past week but a couple events changed my mind. Sometimes it's easier to keep going than it is to quit. I was counting big on the June pelagic that I had signed up for so it was super disappointing when I didn't really add any new year birds, but now that I have had a couple weeks perspective I realize it was a pretty good trip.
I arrived on the OBX late at night as I had to work the day before the pelagic. Since I only had a handful of hours to sleep, I thought it would be a waste to get a hotel and ended up sleeping in my truck at the Cape Point campground in Buxton. Early in the pre-dawn hours, I ran into this recently fledged Chuck-will's-widow. It allowed me to get out my truck to get a pic but not enough time to work on my camera settings to get a good night time picture.
Here is a funny photo because the larger Band-rumped on the left looks almost smaller than the Wilson's on the right. It's always important to take size perception with a grain of salt as a bird's posture can be deceiving.