In Michigan from April to early November, the Whip-poor-will
is heard throughout many of the open woodlands in Michigan, but is rarely seen.
Their camouflaged plumage, nocturnal hunting, and secretive nesting behavior
make them hard to find.
The Whip-poor-will is a member of the nightjar or “goatsucker”
family. The name goatsuckers comes from the ancient folk tale that they sucked
the milk from goats, causing the goats to go blind.