This dataset contains GPS data fixes (WGS84 format) from 32 European nightjars (Caprimulgus europaeus) . The data contains additional information on identity of the bird, date, time of fix acquisition, and the associated site and night number (between 6 and 17 nights of data, varying between individuals). These data were collected on the Humberhead peatlands NNR, South Yorkshire, from 2015 until 2018. Birds were caught in mist nets and tail-mounted miniaturised GPS tags (Pathtrack, Otley, UK; <3% bird bodyweight) were fitted by BTO-licensed researchers.
Data were collected as part of a NERC ACCE-funded PhD.
Publication date: 2019-05-16
Data were collected at Thorne (53.636, -0.89682) and Hatfield Moors (53.545, -0.93493), part of Humberhead Peatlands NNR, South Yorkshire. Tags were briefly calibrated to estimate error (between 5 - 25 metres depending on habitat type) and programmed to acquire fixes every 3 or 5 minutes (2015/16 and 2017/18 respectively).
Nightjars captured by mist net from 21:00 to 01:00 using mist nets, under BTO licence. Birds were measured, ringed and equipped with a nanoFix mini GPS tag (Pathtrack, Otley, UK.) on the two central tail feathers.
GPS data has been analysed to produce foraging tracks, home ranges and resource selection in ArcMap and R.