I was taking down a hazard tree at Thin Air yesterday when some movement below the bar on my chainsaw caught my eye.
This little brown bat came out of the vertical crack in the bark below my fallers notch. Shaking like a leaf, I was worried I’d blown out his sensitive little eardrums- They may be close to blind, but bat ears are amazing. And chainsaws are loud.
I blew the sawdust off my nocturnal pal and transferred him to a piece of wood, let his ears stop ringing and whistled a tune. His ears perked, and in the bottom pic you can see he did some screeching in reply.
I set this piece of wood on a stump full of holes, went and tuned up my saw, then returned to find that he had made it into one of the cavities in the stump.
Fell the tree and opted not to top it any closer to the ground lest the bat have little batlets to go back and tend to come nightfall.