Thursday, 30 September 2010

Creatures of the night!

Well,early evening really!

Just recently we have been hearing strange noises coming from the trees behind our house, quite loud noises that can even be heard through our new double-glazing! It is of course a Tawny Owl which is extremely vocal from approximately 7pm and has been heard in the `wee` hours at 4 or 5am. This bird has remained invisible during the day, roosting in a very secretive spot, but I am determined to find it one day!

To join him we have also been having up to 3 Hedgehogs in the early part of the evening, munching away on mealworms that I put out for them. They also help to keep the slugs and snails at bay. In fact, I can`t remember the last time I saw either in our garden!

Best of all though we have had 2 Bats take up residence in our bat box which we have attached to the gable end of our house. The box has been in place for 2 years and this is the first year that I have noticed the bats emerging from it on clear nights. Unfortunately I cannot tell what species they are, but to be honest I am just `chuffed` that they are there!


  1. Hi John, I followed you here from your award-winning mention by 'The Mask'! I agree with her, this a terrific and informative blog with wonderful photography.
    I am constantly trying to identify garden birds and always rush to look them when I spot a new one. I am often at a nearby nature reserve (Chigwell in Essex) where they have Kingfishers but have not seen one yet although I did spot a Kestrel and an Egret last time.

  2. Thanks bazza.I don`t know if I reaaly deserve the award (humble to the last), but it was nice of `The Mask` to give it to me!Perhaps you could think of becomming a follower?!
    Good luck on your quest for a Kingfisher,a truly stunning bird that is possibly the most colourful bird in Britain!
    Thanks for your comments,hope to hear from you again?!


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