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Monday, 18 June 2012

Morning and Evening

A did a morning visit to Blacktoft Sands on Sunday, it was their open day but unfortunately fairly quiet birdwise, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near Marshland hide was the best of it, it had also been announced they were running a Moth trap as they did last year so I was hoping there might be some good Moths on show but the recent cold damp weather has also affected them so there was not much on offer, no Hawkmoths this year. On the plus side I received a snippet of information from another birder about a new area for Nightjars in the Wykeham forest so I decided to check it out this evening, a couple of Tree Pipits were singing when I first arrived and a Buzzard flew over heading off to roost then around 10pm the Nightjars started churring  followed by mega flight views as one flew right in front of me, after another brief churr some distance away it all went quiet for ten mins or more then a flight call alerted me to one flying close by which then landed and started churring from the top of a dead tree not too far away, an excellent showing, there were also several Woodcock roding, a Tawny Owl calling and as I was driving back a Little Owl was on the side of the road just before Wykeham itself.

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