I went on a bug run earlier today and when I walked out of the store with my full cricket container I heard a woman screaming just up the street. I thought that maybe she had a snake or something so I walked over there with my cricket container in hand. I got there and she's hollering "It's a bat! Kill it! Kill it!" I said "There's no need for that." I look down and see a small brown bat on the sidewalk that as far as I could tell was unharmed. I explained that bats are voracious mosquito eaters and a benefit to have around. She calmed down and asked me why it wasn't flying. I told her that bats can't take off from the ground. I was able to get the bat to grab hold of my cricket container. One of the better ideas I've had in a while. So I never touched it or came close to getting bit. While trying to coax the bat on to a tree, it took off in flight up in to a different tree. First time I've ever seen a bat flying in broad daylight.
This bat was roosting in the cupboard of an open shed on our property (I have no explanation for the apparent blood stains above it). It was identified by its large size (for a bat) uniform coloration, small ears, and tail completely enclosed by its interfemoral membrane.
Multiple confirmations of different individuals
Eight - one pregnant, one lactating
Large bat, wingspan estimated at 12 inches. Very vocal and loud.
The big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) is native to North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and extreme northern South America.