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small critters!

We went out today to look at how the daffodil naturalization programme is going on in our woods (very well, as it turns out), and Bob found this little one:




Say hello to the Eastern Red Bat, about the size of a mouse, and habitue of leaves and bushes.  They don't roost in clumps, according to my book, but prefer a solitary life moving from tree to tree in search of insects.  At one point, Bob pulled the branch down a little lower so we could maybe get a better picture but it started stirring (and looked at me with its little beady black and oh-so-cute eyes!), so we left it alone.

It's roost today was in a beech tree, at the end of a branch, about 8 feet up.

Had to resist urge to cuddle.  Bat bitey.  Not good.

But cute!



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eggies_red_dres
Mar. 21st, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, little buddy, how adorable!
eleanors_closet
Mar. 21st, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Bats eat bugs!
tudorlady
Mar. 21st, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
This is beyond adorable. And such a marvel.

So how IS the daffodil naturalization programme going? I am working on moving some of the gobs of bluebells from places they aren't really convenient to places where they will be Truly Appreciated. So far, so good. If it ever stops raining or gets above 40F, I'll go out and get an update.
attack_laurel
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
It's going well - I didn't get my bluebells in, but I'm going to plant the bulbs anyway next week, and they'll be up next year.

I have a five-year plan for various areas in the woods by the stream, and so far, the daffodils are liking the idea just fine. They're massive and healthy. I'm aiming for "carpet of daffodils" in about 7 years or so. The beauty of being in a place permanently is being able to think long-term. :)
stringmonkey
Mar. 25th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Next time you're at GS, I have some bulbs for you.
reasie
Mar. 21st, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
eeeeee so cuddly cute!

And probably quite perturbed at the fuss in the middle of its "night".
theodorad
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
You have soft not-pet bats. *Envy*
colsith
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Here in Austin we have the Congress Ave. Bridge bats (look it up, is very cool). Bats are too damn cute and they are your friend against icky nasty bugs. Yay you!
xrian
Mar. 22nd, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
Most of the solitary bats are at least partly daytime critters, so you may not have disturbed him/her all that much.

Cuuuuuuuuuute!
attack_laurel
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Oh, that's good. It started breathing rapidly and twitching, but wouldn't you, if some giant thing started making clicking and squeaking noises while staring at you? :)
laughingbadger
Mar. 22nd, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Bats are so cute! And that one's especially so. I sometimes see them flying around here at dusk but never actually see them roosting.
gwacie
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
I admire your self-control that you were able to resist petting it! Soooooooo cute!!!
chrisilin
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Adorable! Bats are awesome.
tsuruko_sensei
Mar. 22nd, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
What an adorable little creature!
reasdream
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Hello gorgeous!

I adore bats. The current epidemic in the brown-nosed bat population makes me sad.

Batty batty bat!
holyschist
Mar. 23rd, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, how amazing! I kind of envy your nature.
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