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2013 Bird of the Year Multimedia Art Submissions

Overall Winner – Emily DeLia

Music – Youth Division

The Nighthawk, by Emily DeLia
0:00 Introduction and an Intruder
2:50 Daytime Sleep
5:10 Evening Flight/Soaring


Photography – Adult Division

1st Place – Caroline Lambert

Caroline Lambert, Palo Alto, CA

Caroline Lambert

Gretchen Newberry, Vermillion SD

Gretchen Newberry

Paul Ostler

Paul Ostler

Randy Korotev

Randy Korotev

Ted Center

Ted Center

 Artwork – Adult Division

 1st Place – Gary Bloomfield

Bullbats over Bloomington, Gary Bloomfield

Bullbats over Bloomington, Gary Bloomfield

Leather necklace, Nikki Cavilieri

Leather necklace, Nikki Cavilieri

Nighthawk Mask, Karen Robson

Nighthawk Mask, Karen Robson

Nighthawk costume, Karen Robson

Nighthawk costume, Karen Robson

Artwork – Youth Division

1st Place – Marky Multcher

Marky Multcher

Marky Multcher

Courtney Moore

Courtney Moore

Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky

Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky

Gabrielle Claus

Gabrielle Claus

Rachel Rothberg

Rachel Rothberg

Chloe Walker

Chloe Walker

Poetry – Adult Division

The Nighthawk’s Complaint
by John Workman
Bright lights draw us;
but the artist got it wrong. We’re out – not at night – but at dusk and dawn.
And though we aren’t hawks, our courtships boom spectacular. Erratic, bat-like flights
ignite the charged air above
the fields – once green and
wind-tossed – now paved;
where the windows of
the diners, reflectionless, catch
not a mite
of all we’ve seen and lost.

Poetry – Youth Division

1st Place – Gabrielle Claus

I Am the Common Nighthawk

by Gabrielle Claus

I am of the Nightjars, the Common Nighthawk.

Birders hold me

graceful and elegant in their midst,

my presence given to charm hearts of young and old.


My home is over the farms of crops and cattle,

vast fields of space spreading in all directions.

One can hear me peent overhead,

as I loop on long wings gliding through silk,

the paragon of all those feathered there.

Yet I gather too above smog-coated structures,

nesting on rooftops and never showing fear.

Birders there sight me and are moved with mercy,

filled with amazement, as I bring

happiness and color to dull streets of sadness.

They watch me overhead snatch insects aplenty,

with more swiftness than Atalanta the huntress herself.

Eventually migration stirs me away south,

toward tropical lands flowing of life and glory.

What of those years

our strength is threatened? We show no worry,

help is nearby, to catch us if we fall. But

wipe soft sorrow hearts in sadness away,

for soon our aerial flocks will come,

numerous as grasses of the field.

And though in danger we are strong,

and one day we won’t delay.


Cryptic Casanova

by Aidan Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky

His buzz resounds through the quiet night;

the male eyes his hopes and begins his flight.

He bounds skyward with a ground-shaking shriek,

and circles above, giving his nest a peek.

The female sits below in disgust;

he dives towards her then pulls up with a gust.

His feathers vibrate, creating a boom

much like a truck in a hasty zoom.

He once again rises up in the sky

and widely circles, releasing a cry.

For a second time he swoops at his girl,

she jumps away, her head in a whirl.

He decides to land a few feet away

and puff out his throat in amorous display.

He fans his tail and rocks to and fro;

standing, his neck patch begins to glow.

Beak closed, he produces a guttural growl

sounding much like a cat on a prowl.

The female, though smug, is slightly impressed,

but doesn’t show it, so she can see his best.

Determined, the male shoots off of the ground

to show the female she was lucky to be found.

Peenting his head off as he soars through the air,

the female accepts and they become a pair.

He is so overjoyed that he flies like a kite;

and his buzz resounds through the quiet night.

Video – Adult Division

Nighthawk distraction display from Ken Schneider on Vimeo.

Music – Adult Division

Ballad of the Nighthawk, by Karen Robson