Friday, 3rd June 2016 Parkhurst Forest evening Nightjar walk.

 Ten people turned out on a lovely evening. As we had about three quarters of an hour before dusk we had a circular walk round the area near the main car park making our way to the clearing near Tuckers Gate. We heard Wren, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nightingale, and saw Jay. Throughout the walk and right up until nightfall we heard many Song Thrushes singing. Churring of a Nightjar was heard on our approach to the clearing and after a little wait we saw first one Nightjar flying and a little while later two flew around in front of us. We were pleased to see them but rather disappointed that there was not more activity. Maybe flying moths and insects were in short supply after the high winds we had earlier in the week. No Woodcock put in an appearance this year. Jackie Hart

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