Earth Notes: Bats Around our Home aka 16WW (2023)

Updated 2024-03-21 10:33 GMT.
By Damon Hart-Davis ORCID logo.
More mainly evening observations from around and about 16WW.
20220714T2009Z soprano pip juvenile about to be released from gloved hand at sunset
Continuing bat observations at and around 16WW.

2023-01-12: Winter Wakeups

It has been abnormally warm and is this evening (it is nominally ~9°C), so I checked for obvious bat activity crossing the Hogsmill on Villiers Road this evening ~16:50Z. I did not see any.

2023-01-31: Bat at 6 O'Clock

On my way to a meeting, at ~6pm (18:00Z) crossing the Hogsmill on Villiers Road on the downstream side, I noticed at least one bat active. The temperature was ~7°C. On my return at ~9pm I saw none on either side of the bridge. Sunset was 16:49Z.

2023-02-15: Hogsmill

On my way to a meeting, at ~6pm (18:07Z) crossing the Hogsmill on Villiers Road on the downstream side, I noticed at least two bats active. The temperature was probably ~10°C. On my return at ~10pm I saw at least one on the same side. Sunset was 17:16Z.

2023-02-20: Maybe

Maybe a bat downstream, once, ~18:40Z. ~10°C. Sunset was 17:25Z.

2023-02-20: Nada

No bat observed upstream at ~18:10Z, ~7°C.

2023-02-28: Nada

No bat observed upstream or downstream at ~18:21Z, ~7°C.

2023-03-04: More Nada

No bat observed downstream at ~19:46Z, ~6°C. No bat observed upstream at ~21:50Z, ~5°C.

2023-03-28: Nada Más Otra Vez

No bat observed either side at ~20:37Z, ~9°C.

There we a number of 'null' observations between the 4th and today, when it was clearly far too cold (well below 10°C) or far too late (eg much more than an hour after dusk); no surprises there.

2023-04-19: Bats!

Alison F saw two little egrets fly over 16WW yesterday evening.

9pm-ish (~20:10Z) there was at least one bat upstream on the Hogsmill at the Villiers Road bridge, and at least one downstream (town side) with a heron standing patiently in the water! ~8°C, sunset was 19:04Z.

2023-04-25: Bats!

10pm-ish (~20:50Z) there was at least one bat upstream on the Hogsmill at the Villiers Road bridge, and at least one downstream (town side). No heron this time. ~7°C, sunset was 19:14Z.

2023-04-26: Too Soon?

9pm-ish (~19:40Z) there were no bats visible at the Villiers Road bridge. ~9°C.

2023-05-03: Intermittent

9pm-ish (~20:01Z) there was one bat intermittently visible at the Villiers Road bridge upstream. ~9°C.

2023-05-04: Intermittent

Midnight-ish (~23:14Z) there was one bat intermittently visible at the Villiers Road bridge upstream; none downstream (town side). ~11°C.

2023-05-17: Three

~20:35Z two or three bats downstream (town side) on Villiers Road bridge over the Hogsmill, none obvious upstream. Lots of midges. ~12°C. Sunset 19:49Z.

2023-07-06: Too Soon?

~20:38Z no bats on Villiers Road bridge over the Hogsmill. Lots of midges. ~16°C. Sunset 20:19Z.

2023-07-07: Homies

~21:00Z a pip or two scouting low round the house, easily seen. ~21°C. Sunset 20:18Z.

2023-07-13: Lone

~21:10Z a pip upstream on the Villiers Road bridge over the Hogsmill. ~16°C. (Was in a hurry so did not look downstream.) Others seen later nearby while walking towards the centre of Kingston.

2023-07-30: Two

~21:19Z a pip upstream on the Villiers Road bridge over the Hogsmill, two visible intermittently downstream. ~16°C. Sunset 19:53Z.

2023-08-11: Two

maybe a pip upstream on the Villiers Road bridge over the Hogsmill, two visible intermittently downstream. ~16°C, humid.

2023-09-10: Cemetery

~19:07Z multiple bats (pips?) seen in the Bonner Hill Road Cemetery relatively low to the ground. ~22°C, humid. Sunset 18:28Z.

2023-09-18: Fairfield

~18:43Z: at least one bat seen hunting near the trees across the middle of the Fairfield. ~15°C. Sunset 18:10Z.

2023-10-25: Half

18:30Z maybe one pip downstream on the Villiers Road bridge over the Hogsmill, intermittently. No bat visible upstream. ~10°C. Sunset 16:48Z.

2023-11-08: Nowt

23:05Z no bats seen at the Villiers Road bridge over the Hogsmill. ~6°C.

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