Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 2, 2019

Nightjars at sunset

Sunset in Guisborough Woods is a gentle transition this time of year.

Long after the sun has set the sky remains light.

In the twilight Nightjars emerge.

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

They can hover in the air, and have a most mystical flying action, a few powerful wingbeats keep them aloft. This stands in contrast to another bird which flew overhead; a Woodcock.

Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)

Both birds can be heard here in this sound recording of the dusk, with the bird calls emerging out of the silence on the Moor. A Barn Owl can be faintly heard after 04:30 mins. A Nightjar can be heard churring after 20:00 mins.

This is the Dawn chorus component of the recording. A Nightjar is churring loudly at 16:00, 37:00, 52:00 and 58:00 mins. The Dawn chorus begins at this latter time.


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