Last week I was in a large area of forest with a group of people, assisting with a research project monitoring the breeding population of Nightjars Caprimulgus europaeus.
This is typical habitat for Nightjar
The best time for Nightjar is at dusk when the males give their “churring” song. You can hear males singing here. Also at dusk the males will fly around displaying. During the day they sit motionless on their favourite perch and there are some nice examples of birds perched in day here.
The birds nest amongst rows of young conifer trees and we had to walk up and down between the rows while looking ahead for signs of movement or birds flying away as we approached.
I will not give further details of the process of locating a nest once a bird has flown, but we were successful and here is a Nightjar nest……if you can call it a nest!
Another nice find was this Grayling butterfly.