Greenham Common

Yesterday evening Pete and I headed off to Greenham Common for Nightjar. We arrived at half-eight and headed for the area west of the missile silos from where they had been reported. This was a new part of the site for me and is quite different to the main area. The first bird started to churr at a little past half-nine not long after we had a Woodcock fly over. We headed towards where we thought the bird was and Pete managed a brief flight view which I missed. Another bird started to churr on the other side of the open area but wasn’t willing to show itself. A Barn Owl flew over carrying prey. We then headed off along the track back towards the car park where a Nightjar was still churring. Also along here were some noisy young Tawny Owls. We were within a few yards of the car and almost under where the bird was when it stopped and presumably flew away. So with two birds heard but not seen by me it was an enjoyable but slightly disappointing  visit.

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