The second of the Nightjar trips was possibly even more successful than the first. 8 members met up on the most perfect of evenings, warm and with the gentlest of breezes. The group were so determined to beat the previous group’s 42 species, that the recorder found himself having to delete entries such as albatross. This time the highlights of the evening were a distant view of a kingfisher, a linnet, frequent sightings of woodcock, often silhouetted against the setting sun, a single sighting of a barn owl which flew very close and sightings of one or more nightjars. In comparison to the June visit, there was far less churring (and 2 males only distinguished) but we had 4-5 good sightings of the bird in flight. Just as we were leaving, the evening was made extra special when a tawny owl flew right over our heads.
- Thurs 16 January 2020
The highlight today was a ringtail Hen Harrier that flew low across the reservoir at 0958 before continuing south. Only the ninth here and the second winter record with two in spring and the remaining five in autumn all between 17 Oct and 6 Nov. Also 4 drake Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 7 Common […]
- Wed 15 January 2020
The 1stW Iceland Gull was in the roost again tonight, seen intermittently since 4 Jan, this bird has probably been present most nights but coverage of the roost isn’t what it used to be. Also 13 Greylags, drake Shoveler, 21 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 36 Teal, 23 Tufteds, 5 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 6 GCGrebes, […]
- 27/12/19 News
MAM TOR The Snow Bunting still present on Dec 25th. CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT The Black Necked Grebe still present on Dec 26th. On Dec 24th 2 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 8 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 20 Pochard, 104 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 250 Coot and single Common and Herring Gulls. […]