Parakeets and bats

This is a video from England about a noctule bat heard through a bat detector.

Today in the nature reserve.

About 14 degrees centigrade (warm for this season), so still many fungi.

Three ring-necked parakeets fly around the castle.

In the castle pond: two great crested grebes, coots, many mallards, and one tufted duck.

Grey heron on the bank.

I meet two people doing research on bats.

They have found noctule bats and Nathusius’ pipistrelle bats.

From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog:

Bat research. Water birds

Comments: 1

Date: 1/12/06 at 4:58PM

Mood: Looking Playing: Batman theme

Today in the nature reserve.

Like last year, this year Carolien van der Graaf and her assistant will do research on the many bats here.

Today is the first day for the new year of their work on the inhabitants of hollow trees.

At the first tree, they did not find bats, but ring-necked parakeets.

The second tree was the beach tree, where Carolien last year, in the summer, had found the record number of 199 noctule bats.

The bats were there again this year: a camera went through the hole in the tree and you could see the bats on the monitor.

Predators of noctule bats in trees include pine martens, which do not live here.

And squirrels, of which I had seen one a few years earlier here.

Bats seem to prefer smaller holes, so that predators won’t be able to get them.

The canal at the east side of the reserve.

Partly frozen, partly open water.

A lone moorhen swimming.

In water a bit further, five water bird species close together: great cormorant, great crested grebe, coots, male and female mallards, and male and female tufted ducks.

Nathusius pipistrelle bats in Britain: here.

4 thoughts on “Parakeets and bats

  1. From last year there, Dear Kitty Modblog Google cache:

    12/8/05 at 5:34PM

    Mood: Looking Playing: Beautiful Bird, by Travis

    Today in the nature reserve.

    A robin near the entrance.

    An Egyptian goose flies near the castle pond.

    The meadow: black headed gulls and common gulls.

    And maybe a hundred or more redwings.

    They are migratory brirds from northern Europe, coming here only in winter.

    When I was small, walking to my primary school, I often saw redwings on a frosty meadow.

    Hear and see redwing here.

    Besides redwings, there were also hundreds of starlings.

    It was striking how much more “disciplined” the flying of the starlings was, compared to the redwings.

    A buzzard was flying at low altitude, just over the meadow; then sitting down on a fence.

    Six Egyptian geese.

    In the forest: jay. Great tit. A robin following me, hoping to catch insects which my walking disturbs.

    I hear the magpies already started their nest a week ago: extremely early! Due to mainly warmer than usual weather this year?


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