Thistles are just beginning to bloom now; I came across my first full bloom this morning. The blooms are beautiful and provide a delightful contrast to the thorny leaves and stalks. You can actually eat the peeled stalks, but we have not tried them yet.
So what about a bat house? Well, Mountain Man built one and we hung it out today. I would love to show you the process, but he built it while I was away, so what you get to see is the end result. You can find the plan for the house we build by clicking this link to This Old House. Here is our bat house in it's new home, nestled on some maple trees.
This is Mountain Man completing the attachment process. The opening has to be 10 - 12 feet above the ground, and it needs to be straight both horizontally and vertically. It also needs to be stable, meaning no swinging. It seems simple enough to do, but care must be used when perched on a ladder! (I won't go into the entire story, but my Dad fell from a ladder when doing yard work, and seriously hurt his back, resulting in surgery, recovery time, etc. He is very lucky he didn't land on the garden clippers he had in his pocket! As the Berentsain Bear Papa would say, "let this be a lesson to you!")
This is the bat house as we see it from our porch. We selected this sight because it is far enough into the woods that we won't disturb the bats, but close enough that we will see them. We usually see bats coming out of the woods from the right side of our cabin (to the right of this photo) and then they fly in front of the porch to these woods in the photo. We are hopeful we have selected the perfect spot.
We don't know much about the specific bats we have here (yet), but we are hoping to see much more of them soon! This is a great site for more information if you are interested, click on this link to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences if you like.
I am sure you are asking, WHY do we want a bat house? Because bats are good, they eat night flying insects, they live where there is good air quality, and they are pollinators and seed spreaders. Because we enjoy nature. Because I am intrigued by vampire folklore and love the idea of having a bat house; I'm not silly enough to think I'll get a visit from Dracula, but it's a fun fantasy to play around with! An OH, because Transylvania County, NC isn't far from here! And now you know:)
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