Trip reports

Nightjar Watch Dunwich Forest

Nightjar on ground among heather

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The venue had been chosen because it was a favoured site with nightjars having started churring at around a quarter to ten each evening ... and good sightings.
A pre-nightjar walk was undertaken with excellent views of red deer, a flying grey heron, a fleeting glimpse of a muntjac, and bats were also spotted. Bird calls and evensong identified blackcap and tawny owl, to name but two.
At the appointed hour . . . nothing happened! Only a distant churring was heard by a few. The group waited patiently until after 11pm, but only a couple of "tu-ic" calls sounded briefly.
A disappointing nightjar event, but the majority of the group thoroughly enjoyed their forest walk.
Note: Two days later the site was revisited - and bang on cue the nightjars flitted about and churred away for ages!

Richard Straton