Saturday, June 7, 2008

Anole again and bats, too

Every day, I check out the African milk tree, looking for my "friend." He's usually there, hiding among the limbs. This morning, he was extra bright green so I ran for the camera. (Actually, to be honest, I don't know whether it's a him or her. I just think of it as a "him.")

Yesterday, he sashayed over to the front porch screen door, which was quite a long trip in anole miles. Lindsey spotted him there. Guess he was hunting up a meal. By evening, he'd returned home.

Today, we're trying to get a bat house up, which has turned into quite a project. A friend gave it to us. He'd had it awhile and never hung it up. It has three chambers and is constructed of cedar. As for putting it up, I spent some time researching the process online at Bat Conservation International. Houses should hang at least 12 feet above the ground (that's measuring from the house's bottom, not top) and be at least 20 feet away from branches and utility lines.

Finally, after reading and reading, I decided that we do need to stain the house, which will strengthen its durability and help it last longer, too. So now we've got to buy some stain. I've already caulked seams along the roof, which is recommended.

Wish us luck!


E @ Scottsville said...

Your yard looks very much like my mom's and she has these same little green guys hangin' around on her back porch. She's in the Bandera area... I wonder if you are too! =0)

Enjoyed your photos.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

No, north of San Antonio in Blanco County. I've been to Bandera...nice small town. Thank you for your time here!

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