RSPB Farnham Heath – 03/07/2023

On this well supported walk, the heathland was quiet. An overcast evening accompanied by a cool breeze were not ideal conditions. Having seen a Goldfinch in the hedge bordering the car park, we struggled for sightings until a Chiffchaff obliged. A young Roe Deer buck seemed unfazed by our presence out on the open heath. Busy browsing on the heather just a few yards away, it kept looking up in our direction. A doe was further along the track.

A walk along three sides of a large area of heather usually busy with birds proved disappointing. Only a Great Spotted Woodpecker in a pine and then at distance two juvenile Stonechats noted. We fared a little better along the fourth side with a Tree Pipit carrying food seen in a silver birch. Three Linnets including a very red breasted male were seen in another before flying off.

A Dartford Warbler was photographed, but there was little scratchy singing. Luckily before long a male Nightjar appeared in flight high around a pine. The churring increased and another flew in to a group of pines in the middle of the heather. There it stayed continuously churring whilst perched on a broken branch. A third bird did similarly in another small group of pines to our left. Views in flight were sadly minimal. There were few moths flying unfortunately. Nonetheless it was an atmospheric end to the evening and we had seen the target species.