Garden wildlife, and more bat activity

Russ writes:

Today was mostly spent catching up on jobs in our Woodlands garden, but there was still plenty of wildlife to see. A specimen of the micro-moth Acleris hyemana was in the moth trap this morning (only my second record), having presumably wandered from nearby heathland.

In the afternoon, while planting new plum and greengage trees in our small orchard, a Peregrine and a pair of Buzzards engaged in a spectacular dog-fight overhead. Later in the afternoon, a couple of Hawfinches and 120 Redwings flew low west, presumably to roost in the Busketts Wood area.


As it was another mild evening, I took a quick stroll over to Busketts Wood at dusk once the garden jobs were completed, and heard a couple of male Firecrests giving their piping sub-song as they settled down to roost. Both Common and Soprano Pipistrelles were seen and heard in a sheltered spot in the lee of the westerly breeze - these two species can be identified using a bat detector, as the peak frequencies of their echo-location calls tend to fall either side of 50 kHz, with Common Pipistrelle around 45 kHz and Soprano Pipistrelle around 55 kHz.

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