Wednesday, June 30
Better luck with butterflies with 15+ Large Skippers, 2 Comma's, 1 Marbled White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Speckled Woods.
Tuesday, June 29
2 Cettis Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and a Blackcap all in song.
3 Little Egrets, 3 Juvenile Black Headed Gulls and a pair of Teal on the bund. A few Common Terns overhead.
Skippers, Speckled Woods, 2 Marbled Whites, Ringlets and a few Brown Hawker Dragonflies along the paths.
3 Rabbits, the only mammals seen.
Monday, June 28
From 21:35 - 21:40, from my position, I counted a minimum of 17 Noctules leaving and heading north. No more by 21:46. I would imagine more had left the roost but were just undetectable from my position.
By now the Brown Long-ears would have been starting to come out. But none? I did notice 4 bats fly low over my position and off into the wood? Then at 21:50 another 2 did the same. I'm guessing they were Common Pips but not totally sure or where they were coming from? Anyway, no Brown Long-ears appeared from the usual roost? Then a Common Pip started feeding above me.
Then at 22:08 a bat flew towards the usual roost entrance, touched the front and dropped away again? Then another and another (or the same bat?). By 22:16 no bats had emerged from the roost - have they moved on? too hot in the roost? disturbed?
By 22:22 two Common Pips were feeding above my position.
I then started to set up my Skinner moth trap.
The two harp traps were erected and finally turned on an hour after civil twilight at 23:15.
Beforehand, I was praying for some mammal activity on the roads, as the journey down took nearly an hour through some fine Bucks countryside but alas nothing was seen.
Having added a Whiskered and Natterers bat to my mammal list at the last Bechsteins survey the possibility of finding a Leislers (previously recorded here) was always in the back of my mind.
We only caught 4 bats in the 1 1/2 hours of surveying, these included a male Soprano Pip, a female and male Brown Long-eared and a male Natterers. Will load some pics soon.
After packing up and getting back on the road after 01:00 the prospect of connecting with mammals on the road home was helping me keep awake. Alas an adult Badger had been killed earlier in the evening and was led across one of my returning roads. I didn't see another mammal until I got back into Milton Keynes - just 2 small Rabbits.
A record 54 Brown Long-eared Bats were recorded from the roost. Species heard on detectors were Soprano Pips, Common Pips, Myotis sp., Noctules, Brown Long-eared, Daubenton's and most interesting passes by Barbastelles. Alas I can't add Barbastelle to my Bucks list as I'm not fully sure I heard one in Bucks. But will certainly return to this site as this species is rare in Bucks and offers a good chance to hear one.
I also found 3 Glow worms in the Beds section - which was nice.
Thursday, June 24
Monday, June 21
On Saturday evening I counted the Noctule roost . From 21:41 to 21:51 only 12 bats appeared, but there was still noise coming from the roost – so guessing if they’ve had pups an adult is babysitting the crèche while the others go out to feed? Still hear noises when I left at 22:08. This was my lowest ever number emerging.
These were the best two from over 70 shots, most of it's backside as it's head was under water! Also a moulting drake Garganey on site, over 40 Redshank, nearly filling every fence post. Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Barn Owl, a brief flyby male Marsh Harrier.
Plus a million midgies - where were all the Spotted Flycatchers??
Only mammals recorded on the trip, 1 Grey Squirrel, loads of Rabbits, 1 Hare, 1 probable Fox on the roadside, just it's eyes caught in the headlights. Still no Badger tick for Nik.
Wednesday, June 16
Also one bat half way through did one lap and then flew back into the roost, so perhaps only 22? The roost was silent when I left at 21:50.
Sunday, June 13
Many thanks to Martin Harvey from the BMERC Yahoo Group for correctly identifying these Longhorn beetles.