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Old Monday 1st May 2017, 19:05   #1
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large bat sp in-off the sea?

Hi,

This morning (c08;00) i had a large Bat sp fly in-off the sea at Easington, E Yorkshire.
I have no idea of the species but looked much bigger and longer winged than Pipistrelles i see regularly around my house, i would estimate it about Blackbird size although size assessment not easy given range and nothing to compare it with. it had a distinctive flight action, quite erratic with fast deep wingbeats.
Any idea's on species and how common is this (to see a Bat flying offshore)? I do a lot of sea-watching and never seen it before?

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Old Monday 1st May 2017, 20:00   #2
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Quite a Interesting record and for the time of day at least it would surprise me I wonder if it was a daubentons bat I think thats britains biggest resident bat, non the less to witness this one like you did has to be unusual.
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Old Monday 1st May 2017, 20:20   #3
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It won't be Daubenten's, which is a fairly small bat, and not renowned for its migration.

Most likely would be a Noctule, which is one of our largest bats and does undertake fairly long distance migration. Found on both sides of North Sea.

One of those occasions when I wish I was there with my bat detector turned on!
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It won't be Daubenten's, which is a fairly small bat, and not renowned for its migration.

Most likely would be a Noctule, which is one of our largest bats and does undertake fairly long distance migration. Found on both sides of North Sea.

One of those occasions when I wish I was there with my bat detector turned on!
Hi Peter, would this be an early record for this time of the year, being chilly most nights this last april I would think makes bats harder to see when out hunting at night as opposed to a warm evening.
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Hi Peter, would this be an early record for this time of the year, being chilly most nights this last april I would think makes bats harder to see when out hunting at night as opposed to a warm evening.
No, not really. I've seen Noctules particularly out in January (broad daylight) when there's been a particularly warm day!

This year my first bat was a mid-afternoon Common Pipistrelle on the 11th March, and Daubs have been skimming local ponds regularly since that date.

I agree Noctule is the likely candidate in this case although I'm sure I remember a Spurn record of a Leisler's roosting in the open on a tower during a migration period, just can't remember if it was spring or autumn.

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I've seen a large bat come in off the sea at Spurn Point, and I think there are other similar records from the area. Bats known to migrate long distance are Noctule, Leisler's, Particoloured and Nathusius's Pipistrelle.
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No, not really. I've seen Noctules particularly out in January (broad daylight) when there's been a particularly warm day!

This year my first bat was a mid-afternoon Common Pipistrelle on the 11th March, and Daubs have been skimming local ponds regularly since that date.

I agree Noctule is the likely candidate in this case although I'm sure I remember a Spurn record of a Leisler's roosting in the open on a tower during a migration period, just can't remember if it was spring or autumn.

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Hi john, I,ve never seen a winter record before or can remember one just goes to show what you can see when in the right areas.
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