A pleasing by-product of this Summers Owl Surveying in Western Durham has been the discovery of new Nightjar locations.
Away from the known locations at Stang, Knitsley & Hamsterley, we have located 3 clear fell sites ranging in size from 18 to 30 ha which have held a minimum of 8 churring males.
The 2016 DBC Annual Report states re Nightjar "...was again very poorly reported...." and summarises "....remains difficult to make any meaningful assessment of the population that may be present....."
Playing devils advocate....... i'd suggest that Nightjar may well be one of the easiest species to survey accurately, as its breeding habitat is so restricted & easily identifiable.......?
What do you think ?
There is still plenty of time to get out & enjoy these spectacular birds this season - they will still be on eggs at this stage & remain with us into September.
This active nest photograph is from 2nd August a couple of years ago. (VC66)
Its clear that without targeted effort, even exciting & enigmatic species like Nightjar will, even in this day & age continue to remain somewhat of an enigma for us as Durham Birdwatchers.
A female Nightjar in West Durham.
The end of a long night Way Out West.