The bats -- we have never more than 4 -- use the shutters as a summer roost. When summer is over they decamp to a permanent roost somewhere else. This will be a larger, more sheltered structure where there will be a bigger colony able to all huddle together for warmth.
We've written about them before here. Last year they appeared in March. This year, with the very poor weather we've had, they have been only very infrequent visitors. Now however, the weather seems to have finally settled down.
We've had warmer days so they are back on a regular basis and we've had the usual interest from the cats, so operation bat protection has been activated. Sounds grand doesn't it? All it really means is that we ensure that the window sills are occupied with things so that the cats can't jump on them to poke a paw up behind the shutter.
A friend who dropped by recently and brought a lovely little plant and it, along with two candle lanterns, have made an effective and pretty 'barrier'.
|bat protection on windowsill|
A house martin diving down over the pine trees shot into the open kitchen door. It was obviously following a tasty insect and didn't realise it had flown into the house. There was a slight knock as it first flew into the other half of the double door trying to get out -- happily not at full speed as that would have been the end of it -- before it shot out of the door chittering indignantly.
|the energetic hunter....|