November 2017

12th. Nailsworth stone mines. We caught over 60 greater horseshoe bats, and lesser horseshoe bats were common. The greater horseshoe bat below has a tick on it (Ixodes vespertilionis?) - don't see these very often.

lesser horseshoe bat

lesser horseshoe bat

greater horseshoe bat with tick

11th. Ham wall. No sign of the ferruginous duck. About 10 lesser redpolls, and a roost of about 50,000 starlings were the highlights.

5th. Hawfinch heard 'ticking' from the garden. First new bird there in ages.

Good birds at Chew Valley Lake: 3 red-crested pochard, a jack snipe, adult Mediterranean gull, bearded tits heard, 3 water pipits and a good candidate for a yellow-browed warbler (heard, brief flight views only). The rainbow was spectacular!

Chew Valley Lake

Chew Valley Lake

Chew Valley Lake

Chew Valley Lake

4th. A trip to Barrow Tank 3 to see the adult drake long-tailed duck. Photos with the 1D mark 4, 500mm and 2x extender.

long-tailed duck

long-tailed duck

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