Animals in Odd Places

Surprise Visitor to Hummingbird Feeder

03/31/2014

This is definitely NOT what you'd expect to see showing up at your hummingbird feeder

 

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region tweeted a picture of a lesser long-nosed bat taking a sip of sugar water from a backyard hummingbird feeder. Most of the over 1,000 species of bats in the world are insect eaters, but some specialize in eating fruit, frogs, rodents or, yes, nectar from flowers--(and apparently hummingbird feeders).

I'm not sure where this photo was taken since lesser long-nosed are found bats in Califorinia, Arizona, New Mexico and down into Central America, not in the Midwest, but it's a great example of how resourceful wildlife can be, and how awesome it is to create a wildlife friendly garden.  You never know who might show up!

Here's another lesser long-nosed bat feeding at a hummingbird feeder.

Lesser long nosed bat Flickr

 

Photo by gailhampshire via Flickr Creative Commons. 

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