Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Owls and Bats on a perfect Spring evening....9/04/2010

A warm and sunny day turned into a warm and calm evening! So, a visit to the Flashes, Upton Warren was the perfect way to end a lovely Spring day. Walking alongside the sailing pool to the Flashes a Little Owl was spotted in a distant field as it flew to perch on an old tree trunk. Great views were had of it through the scope and a little later another Little Owl flew in to perch as the first Owl flew away! On the sailing pool, which was like a millpond this evening, were Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, B H Gull, Greylag and a few noisy Canada Geese flew in! On the Flashes the highlights were Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Heron, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Avocet, Teal, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Tufted Duck. I spotted a Fox in one of the fields who was having a good scratch and groom, oblivious seemingly of the Canada Geese close!! Reed Bunting, Blue & Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Mistle thrush and a Robin were also seen at the feeding station and along the pathway. A Chiffchaff was in full voice on the return walk and a Cetti's was heard but not seen...little monkeys that they! The light was now fading fast on returning to the car park and a surprise awaited, a very welcome surprise at that, the bats were out in force, Noctule and Pipistrelle! A lovely sight to end the evening as they swooped after the midges and then out of sight as quickly as they appeared! A Sparrowhawk was another surprise as it suddenly flew down to the grassy bank and away again without prey, it did this a couple more times before seemingly going to roost. What a treat with three great species to end a perfect Spring day.


  1. Nice to read about your Bats Pam,I saw a Pipistrelle last week too.....never seen a Noctule tho!
    good that you've seen Little Owls too and your Curlew pic is a stunner!

  2. You will know a Noctule when you see one, Ruth! They are roughly about the size of a Swift. Talking of Swifts it shouldn't be long now before they return!

    The Little Owls were a treat to see, though they didn't move!!

    Thank you for your kind comment on my Curlew pic.