Cann Wood, Nightjars

A little later than in previous years, 18 members of Plymouth Branch ventured into Cann Woods, Plympton, for our now annual Nightjar walk.  A few arrived prior to the walk and were treated to cracking views of a male Siskin catching the last rays of the sun high in the pines, looking almost canary yellow in the sunlight. A few more woodland species including Blackcap, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin and Blackbird were all seen or heard.  So close to the longest day, it was no surprise that the first Nightjar was not seen or heard until 10:00pm.  They then came out in force churring, kee-wicking and gurgling to the delight of all, especially the one lady for whom this was her first encounter with this enigmatic bird.  The group were then treated to close fly over views of perhaps 10 birds in the moonlight and all went home happy but not before finding about half a dozen Glow Worms on the way back to the car park.  

Posted June 26th, 2018 at 12:08 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News