Thursday, 16 February 2012

Two unexpected visitors!

While the garden opened for the new season yesterday and we expected to have visitors in the garden once more these two little critters were an unexpected find today!
The day started with us continuing the work we had started yesterday down at the red border. We noticed a large hanging branch in the Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) we got this down before the gardens opened, however on returning after break we found this little guy on the path. We wonder whether he had got dislodged from his winter roost when the branch had come out of where ever it had. We think he's a Common Pipestrelle, we carefully encouraged him back towards the tree in case he got trampled by any visitors and he quickly found a nice crevice in the Sequoia to hide in and we hope he will continue his hibernation until spring is here!
Our second find today was this beautiful frog. We unfortunately disturbed him while cleaning out the inlet to the moat. After posing for our photo we found him a nice damp area for him to hide out the rest of the winter until the spring.

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