Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Wednesday 6th August

An evening bat survey at Manor Park in West Malling this evening with Greg Hitchcock. The evening started warm and dry but from about 8.45 the lightening started and at around 10 the rain started. Despite that we saw/picked up on the bat detector a single Noctule - this is a high flying bat and one of the earliest to emerge in the evening, it is also one of the largest found in Kent. Picked up at around 20khz. We also picked up several Common Pipistrelle at around 45khz.

Some decent birds as well with 2+ Spotted Flycatcher, a Hobby, 4 Green Woodpecker and a flock of c20 Mistle Thrush roosting. Later we had 2 calling Tawny Owl and some very noisy Foxes.

Greg bat detecting!


At 7:02 am, Blogger Cheryl said...

Just love bats.....I was in the garden last night (at dusk) and a bat swooped right by me as I stood looking at the plants. Fantastic, my heart skips a beat when this happens.....

At 4:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garr! You're supposed to be posting photos of wildlife, and I don't count (apart from bats)! Still, better this one than t'other one.


At 6:56 pm, Blogger Warren Baker said...

Nice to see some interesting wildlife still reside at manor park. I used to live up the road from it, and did some voluntary work with the warden there.

At 7:45 pm, Blogger Kingsdowner said...

Now that must be fun!
Pardon my ignorance - does the detector lower the frequency to one that humans can here, or does it just report that a high frequency has been detected?

At 12:30 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They lower the frequency to one that can be heard, as it is the form of the sound as well as the peak frequency that helps you to identify the bats



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