Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Special delivery

Common Pipistrelle in the letterbox - it beats junk mail for sure.
Something other than birds, for a change - I wanted to share this image as, for me at least, a close-up look at a live bat in daytime is (bar the odd rehabilitated individual) a novel experience. When we were up in Norfolk the other weekend my daughter Ava came running in to say that she'd found a bat in the letterbox - actually a wooden box behind an external door used to catch delivered mail. With open access from outside, I originally assumed that this pipistrelle thought it was a good place to roost; it appears to be a Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus based on the dark face and ears which contrast with the brown fur. However, it later climbed out of the box, and eventually we found it lying on the garden path; it died shortly afterwards, its ill health presumably being the reason for the unusual choice of roost site. Other pipistrelles continue to hunt over the garden, fortunately - we will put up a special box for them shortly.

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