Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 3rd October

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Large bat over the cottage last evening – can anyone tell me what sort?

Yesterday evening, just as it was getting dark, I went out to the office. I noticed something  dark high up in the sky and thought initially it could be a Swallow – there’d been a few reported along the coast in the afternoon. I rushed in to get my binoculars but by the time I returned it had gone. I waited in the hope that it might return or that there might be another but no luck. Then, from behind the houses the dark shape returned and, through by binoculars, it was apparent that it was a large bat. I managed a couple of record shots before it disappeared again – not to return. It’s size and odd fluttering feeding style, high up in open skies, baffled me. Has any one got any suggestions as to it’s possible identification please?

Another, equally poor, record shot

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