scu05dcw's picture

Pipistrelle Bat

Observed: 16th March 2010 By: scu05dcw
Bat in prayer garden 16.03.10
Description:

Flying around the garden feeding before sunset.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Goldfinch's picture

Bat

I think this is a Pipistrelle bat, they have arched wings like this one. These bats are common throughout Britain, all though sightings in daylight are not all that common. It is Britains smallest bat, but also the commonest bat in Britain. They have a wingspan of about 20cm. They eat small insects such as moths and flies.

Pipistrelle bats are rare on high ground like hills or mountains.

colhig17's picture

Bats before sunset

It's difficult to judge scale from the photo, but if it was small, then a pipistrelle would be most likely. The timing (mid March) is quite early for bats, so one possibility is that it was hungry after emerging from hibernation and took the risk of feeding in daylight (Birds of prey often catch bats that take this gamble.)
If it had been a bigger bat or further into the year, the bat most often seen before sunset is the noctule. As it is bigger and faster, it is less at risk from predation so will usually first appear before sunset. In this case, I think a pipistrelle is more likely.

Colin

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the naturalist man's picture

Pipistrelle

Even though this is a distant shot the deep 'V' shaped notch on the forward edge of the wing where it joins the body appears very deep. Though not diagnostic it can indicate the probability that this is a pipistrelle. Unfortunately it is impossible to say which pipistrelle this is without a bat detector reading as the only difference between the two/three species is they each call at a different frequency.

I would be happy to agree to a record of "pipistrelle species".

Graham Banwell

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