Marbury Country Park is turning out to be quite a special site for bats – the annual batbox check turned into a Nathusius-fest !
The day started well with a few soprano pipistrelles:
Then the excitement began. A Nathusius pip ! And not just any Nathusius pip, A RINGED BAT. And not just any ringed bat, ONE OF THE BATS WE RINGED IN AUGUST ! Splendid. Extremely chuffed, we could have gone home quite happy at this point.
Which contained not only a ringed male Nathusius pip from our August crop, but also a new female Nathusius ! Get IN ! Later, we found ANOTHER male-female pair of Nathusius and a singleton for a total of six Nathusius pipistrelles in one day, of which three we had already ringed in August. Fantastic ! We are up to ten individual Nathusius known from this site now 🙂
One of the Nathusius pips escaped when we tried to put it back in its box – and promptly flew straight into this tree:
A slight fail but we learned some valuable information from this fumble.
Later, we found some proper partying going on with a batbox containing seven female soprano pipistrelles and one male, and another with one male and three females. The day was rounded out with a noctule and the first confirmed record of a Natterer’s bat for the site.
Couldn’t have been better 😀