The Nightjar, Fern
Owl or Goatsucker, comes here in the late spring to make
the twilight vibrate with its curious purring song. It is a lover of
the night, spending the day at rest and waiting for the sun to set before it takes
wing in pursuit of moths and other insects. Its huge gape helps in their
capture. It was this enormous mouth that led the people of olden days to believe
it sucked milk from goats. The two eggs are laid on the bare ground without
any apology for a nest.