Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Bats Birds and Bees


At twenty past six this evening I saw my first bat of the season, I had to do a double take as the birds were still flittering around, but a bat it was, probably a Common pipistrelle, with its looping flight pattern . I like bats.

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Yesterday I spotted my first bumble bee of the season and today a wasp. Spring is on the move.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Bats Birds and Bees

  1. I do recall that you like bats, and I have a certain admiration for them myself, if not a warm cuddly feeling, but I am surprised and impressed that you can actually tell one kind from another. I haven’t seen any bats yet, but it’s been so warm today I left the door open, and if I forget to close it before I fall asleep over my book one will probably find its way in. The dogs would be thrilled. Me, not so much. The bat not at all.

  2. Like Gerry, I’m very impressed that you can tell bats apart. I think they’re cool, but have no hope in distinguishing them.
    I saw a hornet yesterday and several wasps today. I wish I hadn’t; while I appreciate their ecological role, my body doesn’t tolerate them so well.

  3. Spotting the first sights of spring is encouraging after the long winter months:) I’ve seen (and beheaded) the first dandelion in the garden, some violets, robins, etc. but it’s still quite chilly.

  4. Oh, it was just the dandelion I beheaded, not the violets and robins. 😉

  5. It must be ‘bee weekend’ as I spotted one yesterday. Massive, it was, more like a sparrow in a rugby shirt! I don’t mind bees, it’s wasps that have me reaching for the nerve gas.

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