> There were quite a few insects out, so maybe it was feeding.  Or maybe we 
> disturbed it while we were hiking.  It was interesting to watch.


Eastern Red Bats are the most likely to be seen during the day, in Missouri, 
anyway. Bat detectors deployed to record continuously during the winter have 
recorded Red Bats during the day on several occasions. But it's dangerous 
for bats to be out in the daytime, as they are very vulnerable to being 
killed by birds. So it is most likely a sign that the bat is very hungry and 
desperate for a feed. Sometimes it could be an indication that the bat is 
sick, and rabies is always a slight chance, so you should always avoid 
contact with such animals unless you know what you are doing.

Red Bats typically roost under leaves - eg in a Juniper. Therefore, it is 
relatively little effort for them to leave their roost for a short time and 
grab a meal if it presents itself. It also makes them more subject to 
disturbance, since they tend to be on the outside of the tree. 
Interestingly, if it gets really cold, they may drop down and crawl under 
the snow!

Cheers, Chris.

Chris Corben
[log in to unmask]

The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
Questions or comments? Email the list ownwers:
mailto:[log in to unmask]