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Old 04-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #401
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #402
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While outside, the warm dry air is beginning to show 'spring'. 3 hawks were having a bunch of fun today, riding the currents that naturally roll thru the hillsides. They live on the other hillside not far away, and they fly in to visit from time to time. I was lucky to get a snapshot.

Pix 002 would be a good candidate for the where is waldo thread...ahhhh but my pictures are so degraded I won't try to post them there. This is a bat, of things! I was raking some leaves, and found this guy, fox colored and wow was I surprized when he unfolded his black wings and flew off, way to fast for me to take a pix of that...but I thought he was awesome to see up close.

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #403
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Pix 002 would be a good candidate for the where is waldo thread...ahhhh but my pictures are so degraded I won't try to post them there. This is a bat, of things! I was raking some leaves, and found this guy, fox colored and wow was I surprized when he unfolded his black wings and flew off, way to fast for me to take a pix of that...but I thought he was awesome to see up close.

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Love the bat! Any idea what kind?
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Wow...that is amazing; even though I knew what I was looking at, I still had to search and double check myself. Great for Where's Waldo.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #405
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pawprint he is close to the color of a red fox...black wings

Hey Bridget & dapjwy...No, I don't know what kind, I really didn't get a chance to examine him much, I thought it was a baby rabbit at first, yanno being in the leaves. I thought maybe he was having a problem...evidently he was just taking a nap. oops!

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Eastern red bat Lasiurus borealis is the only bat I know of that is that color. Per peterson's field guide to mammals of North America it has been found hibernating on the ground in leaf litter.

Lasiurus borealis (Mller); Eastern Red Bat
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Eastern red bat Lasiurus borealis is the only bat I know of that is that color. Per peterson's field guide to mammals of North America it has been found hibernating on the ground in leaf litter.

Lasiurus borealis (Mller); Eastern Red Bat
Thanks, recurve, that makes sense considering where ww found him.
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Rebek - hope you have a speedy recovery! Keep on looking out your windows and observing the transformation from winter to spring. It does the mind and body good!
I love that you have a Stumpy too, here's a photo of ours. He/she has been with us for at least 5 years now. He's a bold little bugger too, digs in my pots on the deck, eats the cat food and sunflower seed I pour out for the cardinals, drinks from the birdbath, and never runs away when I bang on the window to scare him off.

I wonder if they were born with short tails or there was some sort of injury? It doesn't seem to hurt him at all although he hops like a bunny instead of bounding and running like the regular squirrels. He still wags it when alarmed or is trying to show off.

ww - I'd be freaked out if I came upon that bat unexpectedly. Who knew they overwintered in the leaf litter? I wonder if we have those kind of bats here, I'm about to start moving leaves into the garden for mulch, wouldn't want that sort of surprise!
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pawprint tyty recurve!

Nice job recurve, tyty for the ID & informative link. I'm not positive this guy was hibernating, but maybe. I was working in that area for several days before, and I think those leaves had already been disturbed.

Hey linrose, it was kind of fun, I first saw it, I got my camera, I didn't have a clue what it could be. He didn't try to move while I was off looking for my camera, and when I got back, I could see whatever it was...was breathing. Very small, it was trying to hide by not moving, like a baby rabbit might do, and furry everywhere it was hard to tell which end of the thing I was looking at. I think if I had realized it was a bat, I would of just covered him back up and left the raking to another place. Now he probably won't want to hang out here, or maybe he just wanted to 'visit' with me hard to say. I usually see various bats flying around in the dusk hours, and we have our share of Lunar moth skeletons laying around by the street light, I know the bats eat those. ~~Just something fun to report in what I saw today~~

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It's been wonderful looking at the "harbingers of spring" in everyone's posts and photos. I'm pea green with envy!

I'm still covered in deep crusted snow banks, and the forecast indicates a chance of snow every day this week! In fact, my area is currently under a "winter storm watch." Wah!

Thanks everyone for sharing such great springtime photos. I've enjoyed looking at every single one of them!
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