Ok,not even a bird.....but they fly very well (unlike my bigger chickens). Almost a sequel to my last "Carry on" moment with my unplanned hatch.
Just gone to bed,lying in the pitch balk and there is an odd scratching noise....near to where OH is lying. "What's that?" says he...."Don't know" says I,though bat did come to mind as they are very active right now. More scratching. "There's something near me" says OH in a shaky voice,followed by him climbing over me to get to the light switch (apparently too scared to get out of his side of the bed!).
There in the light is a pretty large bat,circling around. "Open the window wider" says I. OH clearly afraid,so I throw the window wide open. It headed down to the floor behind a chair. OH peers down at it. "Is it safe to touch....it's a big beggar"....."Of course" says I "vampire bats are much smaller than that". "Could it be one?" says he....."No," says I "I was joking,there are no vampire bats in Britain".
So he gingerly puts his hands out to pick it up (I offered to get it,but he wanted to prove how brave he was)."Let me see it's face" says I....but he has his hands open through the window before I had chance to finish the sentence. Off it fluttered into the night sky.
So Noctule maybe, Greater Horseshoe (had one of those in the living room a few years back ).
I should have told OH we may have a bat roost in the roof space.... and that,being a protected species, he would have to learn to live with them.....but that would just have been a bit too cruel.