Tuesday, 20 March 2012


Popped to Epsom Common this afternoon to look for Mandarins (of which I found five drakes and four females) and was amazed to see this bat flying around - guessing at Pipistrelle but haven't researched visual bat ID, ideas?

This drake Mandarin seemed to be dropping water or something from the water on the female's back. Female did several rushes in water, snapping at air (catching insects?) when male following her
Also notable, this morning as I drove from Canons Farm to college was an Egyptian Goose flying over the A217 at Banstead Downs, in loose association with another goose that was probably also an Egyptian but I didn't get an detail on this other bird.