Last week we had a funny surprise, we found bats hanging out on our porch! The next day they were back but in different spots. I’ve seen bats fly overhead at night before but I haven’t seen bats just hanging out in person until now. It was so neat to see them, with their little furry bodies and leathery looking wings. Here are a few pictures I’ve snapped and some information about them.
I was going to wait and include these pictures in another Exploring Nature post but I can’t help myself they’re just so neat! I think these types of bats are called Little Brown Bats, if I’ve identified them correctly. They’re usually found in the northern half of the United States as well as the southern part of Canada. Which isn’t surprising as we live in northern California.
This was actually a really neat picture, there is one bat hanging out on the inner corner that's clearly visible and believe it or not there was a very young bat (or two) under the shingle. You can make out at least one bat under the tile. In person it was easier to see which was really cool because they were so little!
Their life span averages between 6 and 7 years and they have an average body size between 2 ½ and 4 inches. Their diet includes mosquitoes, moths, wasps, beetles, and gnats--and apparently they eat while they’re still in flight! Which is interesting, I wouldn’t have expected that but thinking about it, it makes sense.
It was so neat to be able to see them so clearly and to make out their features like ears, claws, and face.
Have you spotted any interesting creatures around you? We haven't seen them since those two days but I so enjoyed seeing them! Have a great week! See you on Friday for an amazing chocolate covered treat!