16th May 2016 – Nightjar!

IMG_5873

A beautiful sunset & evening on the headland crowned by the appearance of a Nightjar behind Belle Tout wood at 21.15. It continued to feed low over head and frequently sat just meters from me. A wonderful experience, I’ve never heard them utter a soft “chup” call in flight before either. A male by the amount of white in the tail, it was also the first time I’ve come across a migrant Nightjar. Also great views of Badger and Tawny Owl this evening.

John Cooper kindly looked through the Beachy Head records and told me that it’s the 10th record of Nightjar since 1960, the first occurrence in spring and the first to be recorded since 1992!

I haven’t seen much of note over previous few days, best pick was a Hobby that frequented the Hollow 13th & 14th May.

About BEACHY BIRDER

Birder
This entry was posted in beachy head birding. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s