Recently Sue Wagoner from Illinois visited Ijams hoping to find a barred owl to photograph. She did but Sue also found something else of interest napping in the trees.
Something much smaller.
Sue emails, "Here is the Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis) we saw on the trail at eye level. I saw the reddish fluff sticking out of the leaves and wondered if it was some artifact caught on the tree, or a weird gall or a fuzzy seed pod or something, so imagine my surprise when I lifted the leaf and saw movement, a face and some toes (or fingers). What a cutie...he looks like a little imp."
Eastern red bats roost individually, often hanging upside down in trees.
- By Stephen Lyn Bales. Photo by Sue Wagoner