Not much of note around the patch today except an increase in the number of Swallows & House Martins that were present. A Cuckoo is still present, singing from the trees behind the Islamics school. I also recorded my 2nd Red Admiral of the year along Stanklyn Lane.
On the evening I returned to set up my moth trap at Captains Pool and then proceeded to head over to the lanes with the bat detector to see what I could pick up. It was a cool evening and there was very little sign of bat activity until just before dusk along Heath Lane I had a large bat go past. It was echo locating at just under 20khz leading me to conclude that it was a Noctule. This is now the 3rd species of bat I have recorded on the patch and a new addition to the mammal list.
As for the mothing well all I got was one macro moth & a crane fly. The moth that was trapped was a good looking ♂ Muslin Moth I think the cooler conditions probably had an impact.
Muslin Moth - Captains Pool, 27th April 2011: