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Nightjar Evenings

Woodcock near Harwood, 11th June 2006Nightjar Evenings are perhaps one of my favourite activities and I try to visit sites in and around Hamsterley Forest as many times as possible each year. Hamsterley Forest is a vast area of woodland, where Nightjars can be heard and seen at very close range.

There are also a number of other sites close to the forest, but these tend not to be visited as much as Hamsterley Forest. Whatever location I choose, I look forward to hearing their churring and seeing their wing–clapping display each year, sometimes flying over our heads at a distance of less than six foot.

Other birds that can be found during early and late evening can include Pied Flycatcher, Woodcock, Long–eared Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Jay, Siskin and Redpoll.

Perhaps the hardest part of the evening is coping with the insects that thrive on trying to spoil the evening. Despite my attempts to dress sensibly and use different types of insect repellant the insects still manage to annoy and pester to the point that the only answer is to keep moving. The only other place I can think that is just as bad is when I visit the west coast and highlands of Scotland.

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