Trip reports

Nightjar Walk

Nightjar on ground among heather

Friday, 12 June 2015

I met five members of the group at Abbots Wood an hour before sunset where we strolled along the tracks to get to an open area where we could wait and hoped the nightjars would appear. On the way we saw ragged robin and wild strawberries, with the scent of honeysuckle. We heard the nightingale and blackcap, and saw a lovely jay when we looked in the right tree. Around sunset a woodcock was calling and a little later a nightjar churred, then we had a flyby with it circling over our heads three or four times. Then it sat in a pine tree churring about 25 yards away. On the way back we found a tawny owl sitting in a tree calling.

What a good time we all had.

Michael Light