Animals in Odd Places

Surprise Visitor to Hummingbird Feeder


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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