Friday, September 14, 2007

Batty for Bats

The entire time we've lived up here in Newton, which is nearing 4-1/2 years, a little brown bat has camped out in a crevice above a window on our porch. I've never seen him come or go but he's gone by dusk and home by dawn.






He was there when we moved in and I refused to shoo him away since the Big Brown Bat (actual species name) eats 1/3rd of it's body weight each night in insects. Insects happen to be on my poop list and I see little chance of that changing, so viva la bat.

Anyway, more internet research revealed that the big brown bat can live for up to 19 years in the wild. Bats migrate south each year so it's amazing that he comes back to our house to the same window every year. This year he didn't show up until earlier this month. I thought we had lost the lil' fella. He usually departs about this time of year so it's a short stay this time around.

Say 'hello' to my little friend.