Monday, September 04, 2006
Miss Cindy's Bat House
A while back, my pal Mr. Billy, did a bunch of free tractor work on Pure Florida. He pulled a big tree stump, improved my shooting range berm, and dug a small intermittent amphibian pond next to my main pond. As is his way, he would not take any money, but my wife told me his wife, the lovely Miss Cindy, wanted a bat house.
Are you following this?
So, I dug out my Bat Conservation International book on building bat houses and got busy ...sort of. It was one of those projects that gets started, then set aside, then restarted, then delayed due to last minute embellishments, then set aside again ...
Yesterday, we finally installed the bat house. We picked a spot on the edge of some pines in a cow pasture. I bolted together the uprights while Jr. and his good buddy Tyler used the posthole digger to dig down a few feet.
The diagonal brace was just a temporary shipping brace I tacked on. The height of the house is supposed to be at least 10 feet high as apparently bats have to freefall a bit before catching air. I think we just made it on that count ...might be only nine-ish.
The photo above is a closeup of the house. I have enough leftover T-111 and assorted lumber to build another one, so I'm definitely putting one in near my pond. The bats are thick there at twilight ... when it's holding water that is.
Every construction job needs a good foreman.
We had Buddy supervising our efforts.
Posted by R.Powers at 8:01 AM