Last night it was light until gone 22:00. The morning had been so warm and still followed by thunderstorms that saw raindrops propelled upwards as they hit the ground.
Flitting around my garden were tiny bats trying to catch flies for their tea. I watched them for ages before the light eventually faded. There are tiny Pipistrelles are the commonest British bats, weighing around 5 grams (same as a 20p piece). A single pipistrelle can eat 3,000 tiny insects in just one night! I’m quiet lucky to have them living as near to me although thee do have a wide range of habitats including woodland, hedgerows, grassland, farmland, suburban and also urban areas. They generally emerge from their roost around 20 minutes after sunset and fly 2-10m above ground level searching for their insect prey, which they catch and eat on the wing by ‘aerial hawking’.
Summer roosts are usually found in crevices around the outside of often newer buildings, such as behind hanging tiles, soffit and barge or eaves boarding, between roofing felt and roof tiles or in cavity walls.
I was delighted this morning to see that the hot air balloons are back in ‘service’ being out of action due to Covid. It’s such a welcome sight and I’ve missed seeing them at sunrise and sunset. I have never been up in one although I would love to go and have a champagne balloon flight (hint for anyone who would like to take me up in one or give me £150!)