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!