This Week at Hilton Pond: “Bat In The Bathroom, NOT In The Belfry”

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Posted on 26 January 2012 by Bill Hilton Jr.

Most evenings spring through fall we can look out over our property and watch bats swooping through the air catching insects; that seldom happens after first frost. Thus, we were a mite surprised "This Week at Hilton Pond" to find one of these winged mammals as a January visitor to an unusual location in our bathroom. To learn more about our encounter with this mid-winter chiropteran, please visit our photo essay for 17-25 January 2012; there are some interesting bat close-ups you might not have seen before. The installment is at

While there don't forget to scroll down for our list, albeit paltry, of birds banded or recaptured during the period, as well as miscellaneous nature notes about bird scarcity, some waterfowl that came calling, and a word about January precipitation.

Happy Nature Watching!


Figure 1. Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus (above) is one of just eight bat species considered common in South Carolina’s Piedmont Physiographic Province. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)



Bill Hilton Jr. is an award-winning educator-naturalist and executive director of non-profit Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History near York, South Carolina USA, where he has banded more than 57,000 birds since 1982. He is the only scientist studying Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) on their wintering grounds in Central America. Check out his Web sites for Hilton Pond Center at and “Operation RubyThroat: the Hummingbird Project” at

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