|Common Pipistrelle bat. Image: CC Giles San Martin.|
It may be highly unusual but it isn't unheard of, for bats to come out in the daytime. Usually they sleep in the day and come out to hunt at night, making great use of their fantastically accurate echolocation skills to hone in on insects and snap them up in mid-flight. The main reason for their nocturnal habit is avoidance of predators but it also means that there are fewer competitors for the same food sources at night. The bat we saw had most likely woken early from hibernation, roused by the milder weather of the last two days and a hungry appetite to satiate. There were definitely a few insects buzzing about, making the best of the warm (early spring?) sunshine, or at least the ones that weren't being snapped up...
- You can find pictures and videos of Pipistrelle and other bats (and more nature besides) at ARKive.org.
- The Bat Conservation Trust have a wealth of information about bats and ways to find out more or get involved with conserving these charismatic creatures. They also have a very useful section on dealing with bats in your house.