BATS

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Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus nathusii caught in Strendur
Lóa & Bjørk

Marius Joensen caught this Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat in Strendur 19. April 2014.
If anyone else sees any bats, then I am very interested to hear more about the observation.
In the photographs you see Bjørk and Lóa, daughters of Marius, along with the bat.

Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat / Pipistrellus nathusii Lóa & Bjørk Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat / Pipistrellus nathusii Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat / Pipistrellus nathusii
There is much more information about bats further down this page.

Soprano Pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus pygmaeus
Pipistrellus pygmaeus Pipistrellus pygmaeus Pipistrellus pygmaeus Pipistrellus pygmaeus

08. April 2011 Siggert Patursson found a Soprano Pipistrelle bat Pipistrellus pygmaeus (55 KhZ ) in Tórshavn.

Soprano Pipistrelle bat Pipistrellus pygmaeus is only found once earlier in Faroe Islands, in Sandoy November 1993.
N.B. Until now 2 bats are found in Faroe Islands in 2011. Hans Meinhard í Eyðansstovu found the first in Mykines 24. February. The species is not determined yet.
Pipistrellus pygmaeus Pipistrellus pygmaeus Pipistrellus pygmaeus

List of Bats, seen in the Faroe Islands until 31.12.2010


Parti-Coloured Bat Vespertilio murinus

Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus
Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus

Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus

12. September 2010 Trygvi Midjord observed a Bat on the neighbor house. Rúni Thomsen photographed the Bat and caught it.
The Bat was sent to Nólsoy, where Jens-Kjeld Jensen determined it to be a Parti-Coloured Bat Vespertilio murinus.
Bats are registered app. 50 times in the Faroe Islands, but Parti-Coloured Bat is only registered for sure two times earlier – 1 in Sandavági, Vágar in 1988 and 1 in Hvalba, Suðuroy in 1994.
This same day - 12. September 2010 - Virgar Kjærbo caught a Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus nathusii in Víkarbyrgi, Suðuroy, see photographs below.

Parti-Coloured Bat / Vespertilio murinus

14. september 2010: We must have a regular Bat-invasion at the moment! According to Hjørdis Hávarsá at least 3 or 4 Bats fly around in Norðoyri on Borðoy. Simultaneously at least 4 Bats fly around in the village of Nólsoy.

14. October 2010 20 persons have observed at least 30 different Bats, seen in the Faroe Islands so far this year.


Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus nathusii Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Bat / Pipistrellus nathusii
Sound recording of Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat in Nólsoy September 2010
Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Bat / Pipistrellus nathusii Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Bat / Pipistrellus nathusii Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Bat / Pipistrellus nathusii

Nathusiu's pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus nathusii found on Nólsoy 16.01.2010
Pipistrellus nathusii

16. januar 2010 Mikkjal Holm found an almost dead Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Bat hanging on the wall of the grocery Matvørubúðin, owned by Hervør Hansen, Nólsoy. It was a male with the weight of only 5.5g. This is the second Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Bat ever found in the Faroes in January - the first was found in Sumba, Suðuroy 09.01.1992.

Pipistrellus nathusii
Bats are seen in the Faroe Islands the whole year except from in April.

Nathusius' pipistrelle bat caught in Nólsoy
Average size: Body length 46 - 55 mm, weight 6 - 15,5 g, ear length 10 - 14 mm, wingspan 220 - 250 mm.
Tuesday 15. September 2008 people on Nólsoy observed at least 2 Nathusius' pipistrelle bats flying around in the village. "The fat was in the fire", but then Jens-Kjeld came upon a good idea - he took of the net of his "fleygastong", which is a ketcher used to catch birds with in flight and mounted this on a net with much smaller meshes. The day after a local hunter - René Hansen, succeeded in catching one of the bats. It is necessary to be very careful, when you are handling living bats, since they could be infected with rabies.

The first Nathusius' pipistrelle bat was registered in the Faroe Islands in 1987. Since then it is registered 7 times, so Nathusius' pipistrelle bat is the most common bat in the Faroe Islands.

Most probably they reach Faroe Islands, because they get off course during their migration. They can fly long distances, since a marked species did fly as far as 1600 km.
And - bats are not blind, they rest in the day and are active in the night. They observe any movement and obstacles in the night with their ultrasound.
Nathusius' pipistrelle bat is rare in Western Europe and more common in Eastern Europe. It spreads from Eastern Europe to Ural, Caucasus and Western Asia Minor. It is observed in Scandinavia, though rarely in Sweden and is more common in Mid-Spain and Southern Portugal. It was not known to breed in Great Britain until as recently as 1997.
BATECHO - a very interesting site, where you can learn to recognize the different bats
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