Ornithology meeting at Mottistone Common on June 14th 2024

Teresa kindly agreed to lead this walk for Jim Baldwin and here is her report:

We went ahead with the Nightjar walk in spite of the wet and windy weather and competing with Germany v Scotland in the Euros. An intrepid band of me, my husband Steve, Sheena & Will Bridger and Mark Larter donned our waterproofs and warm clothes and trekked up the path. We were delighted to see a cluster of Bee Orchids on the ascent. As we reached the start of “nightjar alley” the heavens opened and we took cover under the trees. It was just a short burst so we carried on up to the bench marking the end of the walk hearing only a brief churring and the ‘coo-lik’ flight call but no sighting. As we turned for our return leg we finally saw a single male Nightjar flying silently over the trees. Not really a night for insects or insect-hunting birds. We were however treated to a bat show as up to 4 bats (most likely Pipistrelle) gave an acrobatic display over our heads.  Teresa Tearle

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