The Lure of the Nightjar

At a little before nine this evening I decided to go to Savernake for the fifth attempt at Nightjar. After the partial success last week I was hoping for some decent views this time. Conditions weren’t so good with the temperature down by around nine degrees, also there was a fair amount of wind. I arrived on site at around half-nine and by ten o’clock having seen only a single Buzzard, two Hares and several Wood Pigeons I wasn’t feeling very positive.. The four or so Song Thrushes had gone quiet and I decided that a quarter past would be my time to leave. About five minutes later a brief churring was heard and again a couple of minutes later. At ten past a Nightjar was seen in flight and over the next few minutes it showed really well and at one point came with a few feet of me. I watched it perch, hover and fly several circuits of the open area I was in. The best views I have had since a visit to Snelsmore Common several years ago. On the way back to the car I saw a young Tawny Owl fly across the track ahead of me. Also seen was a single Glow Worm and a brief glimpse of Venus and Jupiter in a small break in the clouds.

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