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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bats in the Belfry


My house doesn’t have a belfry but we do have a tall entry and it’s a favorite place for bats in the winter. This is especially cool if it happens on Halloween, adding to the spooky atmosphere of the evening.



 Bats are always a bit creepy looking
 
I know it’s hard to believe that bats can live in the desert, but like most things, I think they can be found anywhere.  They stay in the rock crevices out back in the desert and take flight at sunset during the summers.  They feed on insects and leave people alone.  I know I found it strange when I moved here and wondered if they’d land in my hair, etc.  But so far they haven’t, although at times it seems like they come close to my head as they buzz by in summer evenings.  I have to say I’m more comfortable having them around now, but I still wonder about bats and leave them alone if they show up in daylight hours.  I’m told they could be rabid if they do that because they stay in sheltered places during the day, much like the desert toads we have here that only come out after sunset.


The picture above was taken by hubby a few days ago.

8 comments:

  1. How neat! It would be fun to see one sonetime.

    Betty

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    1. Betty,

      We have bats galore here, especially in summer when there are abundant insects about. It's strange to see them in the desert because I always thought they lived in more humid areas.

      Sunni

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  2. That has to be one of those faces "only a mother could love " ��

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    1. Carol,

      LOL I have to agree with you. That face brings to mind vampires.

      Sunni

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    1. Liz,

      I guess they're cute as long as they mind their own business and don't bother people.

      Sunni

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  4. I've always been terrified of bats. I guess it's like one of those things that you're afraid of because you don't know much about them. Also, the way they are portrayed in movies as bloodsucking, disease-spreading vermin doesn't help. But reading your post you make them seem no worse than a squirrel. Now I wish there were more of them around. I have never seen one in Florida. I'm sure there must be some fruit bats here but I guess they hang around in the norther areas rather than the south. Great picture.

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    1. Vashti,

      We were extremely lucky to get that picture. Usually they don't land long enough to get one, or they're out at dark when it's hard to get one.

      I'm still a bit skeptical of bats, but they've never bothered us in the twelve years we've lived here. I guess we all mind our own business - us and the bats.

      Sunni

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