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!