Bird Meeting 23rd June 2023 at Parkhurst Forest

Ten members met at the main car park at Parkhurst Forest for an evening walk. Although the prime site for Nightjar is now getting overgrown for this species, we were treated to some good views of at least four birds hunting for moths at around 10pm. They were typically using a dead tree to hunt from, and we saw their distinctive flight as they twisted and turned after their prey. There were several unidentified bats of differing sizes on the wing at the same time. Three passes of roding Woodcock were seen at the site and we were also treated to the bonus of a Long-eared Owl flying low over us.

Jim Baldwin

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