Probably the most bizarre thing just occurred to me tonight, I was so surprised.
I walked to my back door and what I thought was a massive moth flew from my backdoor onto my shed about a meter away. Only until I saw it properly did it realise it was a dunnock/small brown bird. I didn’t realise birds would be active at this time (except for the obvious nocturnal birds), so it surprised me.
Is this more likely to be a bird or a bat?
It looked very similar to the juvenile dunnocks present in my garden, would this be?
I'm wrong more times than right, but I think the answer might lie in
ellis187 said:I walked to my back door
and in the definition of "active".
Here, Black Redstarts take their youngsters to a safe roost. So, say on the stone lintel of our kitchen window.
If I were to walk past that window in the night, there'd be a good chance they would leave. Probably making it to our neighbour's greenhouse, around 10 to 12 m away. So, moving from a no-longer-safe perch to a safe perch.
On birds active at night, I was out on Saturday morning at around 5 and could hear the Swifts passing through the garden. Over an hour before sunrise. No hint of dawn.
All the best -
In reply to Dave - CH:
In reply to ellis187:
You're welcome Ellis.
But maybe other Community members have other explanations?
Or, it could be either Mothman or Owlman. But there I reveal myself as a long-time subscriber to Fortean Times.
All the best -
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