Great night.... at home
Found out that a team from Bristol Uni were going to be tagging and catching Natterer's bats in the church opposite home and then tracking them around the local area (and over my garden)
I went along and watched / helped on two consecutive nights. I even had the chance to hold and release a few Pipps and Natterer's!
The real surprise was when one of the students said he was bitten by something big in the trap they were using. To our surprise we pulled out a giant Noctule bat! He was not pleased about being bagged and took some thick gloves to handle. Check out his teeth below ( sorry blurry shot, but you get the idea)
And I thought that there were just Soprano Pippistrelle bats over my garden. Now I have 4 species on the garden list!
Moths stand no chance with him about
They managed to satellite tag over 10 Natterer's and I got to handle Pipps and Natter's, which incidentaly are much cuter than the big male Noctule.. but here is another photo of him as he was fun:
So .. even though there are few birds around, the Moths and bats have been keeping me busy... more to follow on the recent Moth catches
Will have to wait a few more weeks for rare bird hunting on the coast to hot up.