10.05.21 Nightjar

A bright morning with a strong WSW wind.

Todays most note worthy bird was in fact not seen at all but heard only. Shortly before midday Bob Edgar encountered a churring Nightjar, heard several times in the Hollow. Nightjar are being recorded every couple of years as passage migrant, in both spring and autumn. Given their nocturnal nature it’s hard to know their exact status. I was fortunate to see and hear it at dusk.

There was no sign of yesterdays Melodious Warbler but 8+ singing Lesser Whitethroat were heard and a Reed Warbler was singing just west of Belle Tout wood, Painted Lady butterflies continue to be seen and a large female Adder was basking in Shooters.


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