Belated Garden News for Monday 25th May
With all the Lundy excitement and Shiny Blue helicopters etc. I forgot to mention the garden mega, taking the garden list to 60 species.
Whilst watching Serotine Bats over the nearby green, amazingly a Nightjar suddenly appeared and was later seen by Lee and I hunting over the garden!
It seemed an amazing record, but with the East Devon Heaths breeding area only 2km away as the nightjar flies, I guess it is not that outrageous. Research in Dorset using radio tracking methods showed that nightjars do actually forage up to 7km away from the heathland breeding areas, often favouring deciduous woodland, orchards and village gardens.
See more here: http://www.dorsetbirdclub.org.uk/Ians_01.htm