Mild (10 degrees) & calm at 22:00
female Long-eared calling unseen.
She moved closer still calling as she flew. (cant recall seeing a fem calling in flight)
moments later her mate came in, nicely silhouetted against the red glow (courtesy of light pollution to the north).
He moved off with a 180 degree twist, without paying her too much attention. . .
After a few more calls she took off in a brief & clumsy copy-cat attempt.
She let out 6 rough & snapped at claps.
It looked like she may plummet to the ground at any minute !
Landing on the top of a prominant Hawthorn she began calling again, the tempo picking up as the soft muffled tapping of her mate came in again.
As he grew close he dropped out of sight as she left her perch to meet him - presumably for a food pass ?
(WC display from females is seldom noted)
2 Pip bats fluttering about added interest.
Dabchicks called almost constantly, with regular calls from displaying Laps & overflying Oiks.
Watched the adult Tawnys silhouetted on pole tops & coming to the box 3 times in ten mins. The young audible from 80-100 m away.
Headed back "something" was belting through the rough grass towards me - it bounded up the bank & changed direction on seeing me - my heart missed a couple of beats- it was only that free-range black dog again !
The Heron arrived this morning wwith a gripping yarn of just having had his garden Chiffchaff.
I momentarily cursed at the idea of being gripped so early in the day - but a matter of seconds later the familiar Tiff-taffing call rang out.
Result - Garden year tick !