I had my best ever UK nightjar experience on Wednesday night at Farnham. On the track between the museum and the south end. At about 21.25 the curring started. Cupping my hands to my ears really worked - it doubled the loudness and helped location. First there was one up the hill, then one away to the south. I saw that one fly, then saw the first one sitting opn branch of Scots pine still churring away. Then a pair flew overhead, one landed in another tree and churred in sight. I certainly saw 4 birds, maybe five. There were two other people there, they had never seen nightjars before. Altogether a wonderful experience.
That's fantastic. We've been told nightjar numbers seem to be lower than normal and that the wet, windy & cool weather has meant that the birds are generally less active - and harder to see and hear!
Glad you got to enjoy them.
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