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April 2023

Another Bat Update

Our rescued bat is now with a rehabber, doing well, and waiting for a few warm nights to return tio the wild.

A big thank you to Donna Pontrelli, Dr. Pomerantz, and all the other folks at the Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital for making this happen!

My friend Dorcas writes: "Thinking it is either as big brown (Eptesicus) or little brown (Myotis). Not a migrator. They hibernate, roost, behind shutters of houses, in attics or such places.

"They stir when first warm teas arrive and they are hungry - only to find little in way of insect life to feed on. The two species are among the most beneficial mammals in suburbia."

(Thanks, Dorcas!)

I have been told "our" bat is a Big Brown Bat.

Monday Mysteries 042423 Answered

On Monday I wrote:

Saw these three plants in the Clove at High Mountain. I got one correct, and should have gotten another.

Diane Louie answered Dutchman's Breeches (gotta love that name), and Middle and bottom: Rue anemone vs. False rue anemone. I would have gone with Spring Beauty for the middle (but what do I know), and iNaturalist said it was Blue Cohosh (blue what do they know?)   

Thanks, Diane!


Bat Rescue Update

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In yesterday's post, I described how I found a distressed bat on the side steps of my house. I called the Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital, and Tyco Animal Control brought the bat there.

The last I heard, the bat is on the mend. The animal hospital reports:

"We see them often like this. They migrate and if it’s too cold and no insects they become obtunded. We get them warmed up and have a very attentive bat person that picks them up. Often they are released when weather is better or get driven south if too cold."

(A special shout-out to the animal hospital's Donna Pontrelli, who gives injured birds and bats some extra TLC. She also sent the photo of our bat in a rehab place.) 

I'd also like to thank Joe D'Angeli for his advice, and everyone else who took an interest.