Wednesday, August 24, 2011
a "batty" experience at the hummingbird feeder...
A group of bats have been feeding at our hummingbird feeders this past week. Here is video footage from our camcorder on infrared setting, beginning at around 9pm.
The footage includes close-up shots (you can see the bats' mouths open as they feed) as well as shots that are panned out to see the bats flying in to feed.
If you rather see a quick video of the most active footage, go here.
Arizona has 3 nectar-feeding species of bats, and this could be the lesser long-nosed bat. They are here from August to October, on their way back down to their winter home in southern Mexico. The lesser long-nosed bat has one young per year.
You might ask, how do you suspect that you have bats coming in at night? Well, your full feeder is mysteriously empty in the morning. Hmmmm! After that happened to us a few times, we decided to investigate into the darkness with this video. We were rewarded with this great show above.