WARNING: If you are not a fan of cute fuzzy flying mammals that are associated with Halloween, please DO NOT click over to the second page!
Here at Brandywine, we have what will eventually be an awesome back yard. It is a walled English garden, small enough to be manageable, but with a decidedly "overgrown" vibe. I think it was a mistake by the former owners, because they were older and probably couldn't take care of a garden anymore, so they planted English Ivy and Creeping Myrtle (vinca minor) EVERYWHERE and of course it took over the garden. I have been yanking/digging/carpet bombing this $hit for ten years, and I'm still not done!
In addition to the total overhaul, I am readying the yard to be a Certified Wildlife Habitat. (You can read about it here.)
Even though we're in the city and on a busy road, we will fill the bill to become certified. We have plenty of places (up high and on the ground) that serve as protective cover for our bird friends. (We have two nests with babies right now.) We are adding native plants each time we clear out a new section of the garden, and we are working on where to incorporate water.
Which brings us to our new friend.
This little bat (smaller than my hand) showed up a few days ago, clinging to the screen of our kitchen window. He has disappeared every evening, but is back when we wake up.
We think he is there because our rain barrel is just a few feet away (our only water source right now, and it's not a preferred one), and it is a great place for him to find mosquitoes. He doesn't bother us, and he isn't at all creepy or scary. He just hangs around upside down, quietly.
DL has become quite attached to the little guy, and is now interested in building a bat house. (Instructions here. I think we'll need to actually see plans, because I'm not sure what a bat house needs, structurally.)
Who knows? Maybe we'll have an entire colony of them by the time we're done. They can hang out with Skittles, the chipmunk who lives in our raised bed on our lower patio. The more, the merrier!!