First Bat of the Year
Temperatures have been in the 40’s°F over the past few days and I am sure that all critters have been enjoying the melting snow. Today I had a report from a friend that they saw their first Chipmunk and many others reported skunks being seen (or smelled) around their homes! I noticed that many of us humans have also been celebrating these wonderful signs of spring and that is exactly what happened with Adele, Young Naturalist C, Young Naturalist E and myself this evening! While dodging perfectly packed snowballs flying through the air . . . . . . . we looked up into the sky and Adele yelled “BAT”!! OMG . . . we only saw it for two passes but that was a Big Brown Bat flying around the lights! (CHECK) my first Big Brown Bat for 2009!
Bats are so darn cute up close!
These photos of this Big Brown Bat were taken during the Summer of 2008 when we were removing a storm damaged tree that fell down. To our surprise we found this guy in this log and after capturing a few pictures I moved it over to a neighboring tree!
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What great photos! It has been in the 40’s here too and yes the skunks have been visiting my hard now for the past two weeks.
I guess spring has finally sprung.
BTW: I think it’s great that you are teaching our next generation to appreciate and learn about nature!
26 February 2009 at 9:27 pm
You’ve got bats? Yippee! Can’t be long now!
(though I’m not looking forward to RAPTOR’s bats…they live in the loft at the barn and scare the bejesus out of me and the birds when I’m trying to unload at night….jeez.)
26 February 2009 at 10:57 pm
Bats are incredible creatures! I discovered my first bats at my property in Nova Scotia last summer and became so excited! They flew all around me, to my delight, while I just stood in total amazement. Hope it won’t be long before winter loses it’s grip on us and we can be reporting all of our “firsts”! Yesterday, 20, but today 47 (and rain).
27 February 2009 at 5:21 am
PS. Thanks for the link to your young naturalists. I certainly enjoyed reading about each one. How lucky they are for the experience. And you, too, for being able to share with enthusiastic learners.
27 February 2009 at 5:26 am
Brown bats, oh so cute!
27 February 2009 at 8:21 am
Great photos and I think bats are cute too. I will have to check our bathouse. We have a maternal bat colony there every summer.
27 February 2009 at 8:37 am
No cutier face than a bat. Bat house is definately going up this year. Hope there is enough for them to eat. Haven’t seen or felt a mosquito in my 5 years in the Ozarks.
27 February 2009 at 8:52 am
Gee, he’s kind of cute except for the creepy front leg-wings. We smelled a skunk in the neighborhood a few days ago. Little Chippy the Chipmunk will probably be going for the birdseed soon. He is so cute but wears out his welcome fast.
27 February 2009 at 9:08 am
Yay, spring is coming!
27 February 2009 at 6:22 pm
I hate bats, they creep me out.
27 February 2009 at 7:45 pm
Wow, cool – love the bat close-ups!
27 February 2009 at 8:28 pm
Wow, bats already? Is this the earliest you’ve ever seen them?
We saw a road-killed skunk on the way home from work on Wednesday.
27 February 2009 at 9:29 pm
Awww. I love bats. Peopl get freaked out over them, but I think they are redicululously cool animals.
27 February 2009 at 10:42 pm
but then didn’t you go back to the deep freeze? we did 😦
28 February 2009 at 11:35 am
Adorable. I like bats, too. Love to watch them swooping overhead at twilight, sucking up mosquitoes as they go.
28 February 2009 at 12:01 pm
Those are great close-up shots, Tom. Cute and furry – just like our kitties! LOL
28 February 2009 at 7:42 pm
Yes, we have had quite a few skunks in the area. We counted 15 dead skunks on our way to TX. Actually we stopped counting at 15. Just too much roadkill. Sad.
This little bat is cute. I haven’t seen a bat yet.
1 March 2009 at 11:23 am