Aug 12, 2019

A bat & a bird

Always something happening around here.  Yesterday morning Colin noticed a small black creature walking/ hopping along the patio.  It took a while to figure out that it was a bat as it was sort of hunched into itself. But something was wrong, it could barely move and certain wasn’t able to fly.  It was sick. There was no way we were going to get close and check it out in case it had rabies.  I got on the computer and found a local bat website that had some recorded information.  Meanwhile the bat kept moving.  We were too involved in the situation to take photos.

It eventually crawled up the fence and wedged itself between the fence and the salmon coloured board.

That bit of black in the middle is the bat.  I guess that is the best that it could do to find a dark area.

I also called security to come and check out the situation, thinking that he might have a suggestion.  None at all.  As of this writing the bat is gone.  I can only hope that he didn’t come back into our yard.  This is the one time that I am glad we no longer have our girls wandering around the yard.

Then the rain started and it ended up raining steady until midnight give or take.  So mid afternoon  Colin went out to wash the roof of the cars off and I guess the sides as well with a brush, no soap.  He had just washed them a few days ago and the spits of rain the other day along with the dust made the vehicles look dirty so this made them look presentable again.  For some reason he went into the shed and that reminded him to check the small freezer we have in there for muffins.  Colin discovered that the freezer was not working and everything was slowly thawing 😯  Thank goodness he went into the shed.  For some reason the dedicated plug we have for the freezer had tripped. We still don’t know why.  Right now we are checking it several times per day but once Colin has some free time he will change the entire extension cord.  Fortunately we had a thermometer in the freezer and it was still below the throw everything away point with about 10 degrees F to spare.

Next Colin came across this wee bird laid flat out on the lawn.

I haven’t seen too many cedar waxwings this summer.

Colin gently moved it to safety and out of the wind and rain into the rock area under the big tree.  It slowly recovered from the shock of having hit our window and eventually flew off.

Other than two emails, one from the husband of a dear friend who had an ATV accident a few days ago and has three broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung and the wife of another friend who had emergency heart bypass surgery a few weeks ago, it was a quiet Sunday 🙁

Like I said at the beginning of this post, you never know what is going to happen around here.  Our good friends Margot & Ken, now living in Victoria, used to say that we were surrounded by drama. You think so 😉

OMG, just as I was about to publish, a black cat ran across our lawn.  What does that mean?




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10 Responses to “A bat & a bird”

  1. George Yates says:

    Always something going on in our lives, yup you are surrounded by drama. Good that the bat went away finally.

  2. Our neighbours have a bat birdhouse for breeding. The bats eat mosquitos and flies which helps here in the country where the insects are plentiful. Also the bats are blind, so in daylight they look like they are injured as they crawls around trying to find a spot to hide out. They are so fragile and I think they are actually cute to look at. Sometimes we also have birds flying into our glass windows. So sad. Good that the one you found recovered. Although with all the birds and critters around that are often a nuisance because of the mess they create, I do enjoy watching all of them and I do provide water and food when necessary. Your posts are interesting, I like reading about all the happenings.

    • contessa says:

      I love that the bats eat mosquitoes. Thanks for pointing that that would be how the move about in the daylight. I knew that they were blind but just didn’t put it together. It really had a difficult time moving. We had one fly out of the patio umbrella this afternoon and it flew very well and far.

  3. Kathryn Tycho says:

    We get bats in the house occasionaly. Had one last week and they can get in but..can’t seem to get out! I woke up to wind over the bed and knew it was a bat! No panic.
    . I just got up and opened the front door and waited till it flew out.

  4. livingrichonthecheap says:

    Glad the wax wing was able to fly off. Bats are cute unless sick, like you say, best to be on the safe side.

  5. I’m with Kathy Tycho. We occasionally get a bat in the house. It with the vaulted ceilings in the social area it could be there for days before we notice. We take the swimming pool net and drag them down and let them go. We have a huge bat cave nearby with more than 5 million bats. There is a visitor`s platform to watch them come out at night.

    As for Yellowstone, I was there as a kid of 14 so I can’t be of much help. Sorry about that although it would be a great place to visit with the rv.

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