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Thursday, September 07, 2006

More wildlife sightings

Well, we have bats. We haven't seen bats around here in I don't know how long. We're being very careful to quickly close the doors when coming and going so the bats don't try to get inside. Someone please tell me bats go away in the winter.

I know I've complained about the racoons at least once before. I want to document the most recent racoon event. The other night, my daughter was walking from the front of the house to the backyard, and a little paw reached out to her. It was a racoon. Sitting on my neighbor's fence. When I was a kid, the only racoons we saw in town were on a leash.

There's more. But, that's all I can think about right now.

This neighborhood is turning into a little zoo.

Posted by Marie at September 7, 2006 10:38 PM


Out in the semi-country area where I spent my teen years, we used to have clouds and clouds of insects around the crossroads lights after dark. In other words, a smorgasbord for bats. We discovered that if you threw rocks into the air -- smallish ones -- that sometimes the bats seemed to home in on them and dive after them. Cheap fun.

Posted by: Dan at September 8, 2006 12:43 AM

That's good to know, Dan. When I get home tomorrow, I'll gather some loose slag from the street for an evening of entertainment. Hehe.

I read somewhere bats will eat 600 mosquitos a minute. Or, maybe it was an hour. I forget.

Posted by: Marie at September 8, 2006 1:05 AM

I think bats will go away in the winter. But they can also roost in attics if they can find a way in.

Years ago, I took a bag of trash around to the back of the house where the trashcans were. It was dark and since my house backed to the woods, very dark. As I put the bag in the trashcan, something moved at my feet. I thought it was a cat or dog, so I kicked it to get it out of the way. Looking down I could see in what little light there was, I had just booted a skunk. I figure I used up a get-out-of-jail free card that night.

Posted by: Kem White at September 8, 2006 7:08 AM

I see bats flying around at night when we drive home through the country. My wife hit one with the van and it got stuck in the grill. I pulled it off with BBQ tongs. It was like picking up a dead mouse only with big ears, wings and hideous teeth. Iky....gives me the creeps just thinking about it.

Posted by: Randy at September 8, 2006 2:26 PM

Kem, OMG! A skunk! As yet, we don't have any of those around here.

Randy, I hope you threw away the tongs.

Posted by: Marie at September 8, 2006 10:50 PM