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Old 02-09-2019, 09:49 AM
 
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Bitter cold here in south central MN. The last couple of mornings we have had a pair of crows visiting our bird restaurant here in town.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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Our house gets a lot of afternoon sun in the winter, so its dark wood siding gets nice and warm. We were surprised on Friday to see what looked (from a distance) like an odd little glob stuck to the siding (in the sun)

A closer look showed it to be one of our little (very little) brown bats temporarily out of hibernation soaking up the sun. It was a pleasure to see him. About an hour later, he was gone, hopefully back to his buddies bringing them a bit of sunshine and warmth.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Our house gets a lot of afternoon sun in the winter, so its dark wood siding gets nice and warm. We were surprised on Friday to see what looked (from a distance) like an odd little glob stuck to the siding (in the sun)

A closer look showed it to be one of our little (very little) brown bats temporarily out of hibernation soaking up the sun. It was a pleasure to see him. About an hour later, he was gone, hopefully back to his buddies bringing them a bit of sunshine and warmth.

Thanks Lilymae521...

YOU always bring a little sunshine with your nature posts.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:11 PM
 
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Our house gets a lot of afternoon sun in the winter, so its dark wood siding gets nice and warm. We were surprised on Friday to see what looked (from a distance) like an odd little glob stuck to the siding (in the sun)

A closer look showed it to be one of our little (very little) brown bats temporarily out of hibernation soaking up the sun. It was a pleasure to see him. About an hour later, he was gone, hopefully back to his buddies bringing them a bit of sunshine and warmth.
normally i love seeing bats out, but i worry when i see them in the winter. when they come out too early before there's anything to eat, they can end up using up what little fat stores they have left, and fail to make it through the rest of the winter.

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If a bat rouses early from hibernation, it must use its fat reserves to increase its body temperature. A single disturbance probably costs a bat as much energy as it would normally expend in two to three weeks hibernating. Thus, if disturbed multiple times, hibernating bats may starve to death before spring.
https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bats.html
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Default Do beaver climb trees

Do beaver climb trees?


Yes they do. This one did. Speaks to animals specializing in some 'skill' or dietary preference. Exceptions abound in nature.


In the land of NJ where 6 feet of snow is the exception, I came across a lone 10-12"" diameter ash tree with a 2" limb, seven feet up, gnawed off by a beaver. No limbs for the first 5.5'.


Couldn't believe what I was seeing. The area was littered with fallen trees of decent size. Mostly oaks and some maple. Why it decided to climb a tree is a mystery.


Either a genetically altered 7 foot beaver feeding on GMO corn, or beaver can and do climb trees....for unpredictable reasons.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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I used to live in an apartment that overlooked a lake in Everett, WA (the name of the lake was Silver Lake) and I used to see some beavers in the lake. Yes, they can get quite big.
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Old Today, 08:59 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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"I'm never contributing to WWF again!"
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Old Today, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Just saw the freakiest thing ...3 or 4 bluebirds at my feeders ... in the snow. I had no idea bluebirds hung out around here in the winter, I have never seen them here this early in the year!
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