Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Looking for Ratty

A trip down to the South of the county tonight with Paul on a quest to add Water Vole to his mammal list.
 Starting off at Latimer bridge we walked along the crystal clear River Chess in the direction of Chenies.
Birds encountered along the way included Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk and Hobby.
 Finally stopping to scan from the road bridge near to Mill Farm a fine Water Vole posed right in the middle of the river for a brief few moments. This was to be our only sighting despite stopping off at several points including the designated Water Vole Watchpoint.
 The walk back as dusk fell gave us 4 seperate Little Owls on fenceposts, 2 calling Tawny Owls in the nearby woods and a screaming young Sparrowhawk in nearby trees.

A brief stop at Sarrat Waterworks with the torch again failed to find any voles, but several bats were detected, including Soprano Pipistrelles.

1 comment:

  1. It's good that you got to see one, at least Rob.
    The rest make up a good evenings walk.