Bats.....

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  1. drjs@5

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    We have a couple of bats that do a nightly buzz around our garden, which we can clearly see from our sun room as it is getting dark.
    The other night we noticed a bird furiously flying around in tight circles following the bats (well one of them at least).
    It was a smallish bird, but we thought it could have been a sparrowhawk. It was certainly predatory.
    Whatever it was it wasn't having bat for supper that night.

    Has anyone else seen this, or know it to happen?
     
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    Re: Bats.....

    Very interesting! I've never heard of that before - certainly a lateral thinking kind of bird :) My money would definitely be on the bat though.
     
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    Could it have been a Little Owl? They predate bats. Or else a falcon.
     
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    Hmm a small falcon perhaps....don't think it was an owl.
    We were just intrigued to see it.

    Lots of predatory birds around and about here - love to see them perched on the fence posts stalking their next meal.
    And they do a fabulous bird display at the Deer Centre along the road from us with Whizzer the owl who has a reputation for VERY low flying over your head ;D
     
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    Hmm....interesting.
    We have a couple of local nature boffins - I must ask them.
    Thanks.
     
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    Sparrowhawks are biggish. Maybe a hobby? They are small and I think they are very manoeuvreable. Not very up on my birds of prey though.
    We have bats but not seen anything like this before.
     
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    Ooooo.....Haven't heard of a Hobby before - about the right size maybe, but mine looked darkish and possibly single coloured, but light wasn't good. Thanks for the suggestion
     
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    Hopefully you will get another chance to see it.
     
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    Bats are my all time scary critters :)
     
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    Re: Bats.....

    One summer my SIL had left her car windows overnight. Next day picked kids up from school and was driving along the M8. Voice from the back "Muuuum, there's a bat in the car!"

    Wondering if the bird is more likely a merlin than a hobby? OH says more common up here.
     

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