A fully subscribed joint Ogston/DOS trip to Clumber Park braved the dubious weather forecast and while the evening started off with the odd rain shower, the weather did turn fine later on when it really mattered. All in all we identified (saw/heard) 37 different species. Early on these included Linnet, Stock Dove and Reed Bunting which we saw around Hardwick Village. At about 20:30, we set off for the clearing where we hoped to see the Nightjars. In the cold still evening, listening to Tawny Owls and Song Thrushes made for a magical occasion. The stars of the show though were undoubtedly the sighting a Hobby flying across, numerous good views of squeaking Woodcock and finally some impressive views of Nightjars in the gathering gloom. The latter first made themselves known at 21:55 when 3 males started churring. Not long after that we were lucky enough to get some quite close views of the birds flying. All in all an enjoyable evening.
- Tues 20 August 2019
2 Mute Swans, 22 Mandarins, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 111 Tufteds, 2 Pochard, the Little Grebes in Chapel Bay have two small chicks, regular Osprey 0840-0930 at least then left SW ( present off & on since 8 Aug), 8 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, juv f. Peregrine, ‘brown’ Merlin over fields north of the res, ad Yellow-l-Gull, […]
- Mon 19 August 2019
4 Mute Swans, 122 Tufteds, Pochard, Little Egret, 63 Lapwings, 2 C.Snipe, 5 Whimbrel high over the res drifted west at 1115 and another was heard distantly at 1245, c25 Swifts, c20 Sand Martins, c100 House Martins, Spotted Flycatcher in the car park. A Tree Pipit over the main car park late afternoon was our […]