[For some reason this didn’t get published in Aug!🤦♀️😕]
When we moved into this house in April of 2015, we never knew we had special neighbours.
We kept hearing this ‘skritch skritch’ sound on the front corner of our livingroom. We thought it was maybe mice in the wall or maybe Squirrels, as we had had an issue with them in the space between the ceiling and roof. Not really an attic…anyways.
One evening we noticed a new sound along with the ‘skritch skritch’. A sort of high pitched squeak. We went out to investigate and as we stood starring at the outside wall a bat flew out from behind the “lovely” fake shutter on the left side of the livingroom window.
Ever since we can’t wait to hear and see them. It means they have survived another winter. We are quite aware of the loss of a bats in North America due to White-Nose Syndrome(fungal disease).
On Aug 3 we were outside having a coffee break when we noticed something hanging just peeking out the bottom of the shutter.
I slowly walked up to the house and there was this wee friend(only call them that cause they are tiny…not due to age)hanging halfway out. It must have been cooling down a bit. It was +30c in the sun and the sun hits the bottom half of the shutters.
The wee friend let me get up close and personal long enough to get some photos. It tucked itself back up beside it’s four other wee friends after a few minutes.
Such amazing little mammals!
Bill and I have plans to construct a couple of bat houses and mount them to the wall or on a post beside the shutters. Then one night when they have all flown, take the shutters down and hope they go into the houses.
We want them to stay as they are the best bug and pest control ever!
I have contacted the Community Bat🦇 BC Programs to get more info and maybe have a Bat Biologist come out and make sure they are healthy.
Until then…we will enjoy our Bat Colony. Guano and all!