Yesterday Rick opened up our patio table umbrella and this little guy flew out from under it. He didn't go far and landed on the deck railing, so I was able to snap a few photographs of him. Well, I guess it could be a she, but I wasn't about to check. We see bats here at dusk quite often, but not usually in the middle of the afternoon like this. The boys were fascinated with it, especially Nathan, who must have stood and watched it for 20 minutes or more. Neil is a little more skittish about them, so he watched from a distance.
I looked online to see if I could find out what type of bat it was and the closest I got was a Long-legged Myotis. Are there any bat experts here that might know for sure? According to everything I read, these bats prefer forested areas, which is exactly what we live in. I was able to get pretty close to take pictures and I didn't realize how hairy bats were. This one was really fuzzy, so that surprised me. Most of us see these critters at dusk when it's hard to get a good look at them. That certainly wasn't the case this time!