Rustlers in Paradise... This morning I went out to work in the shed at around 4 am. As I opened the front door of our house into the darkness, I heard a loud and widespread rustling high in the pine trees in our front yard. I'd never heard this before (and I've been out at this hour numerous times), so I flipped on the front outdoor lights (which light up the entire front yard) and walked out, looking up all the while. As I approached the pine trees, the rustling got louder and louder – and with a sudden burst, bats came flying out of the pines. Dozens and dozens of bats, about the size of a house finch.
Assuming those were insect-eating bats, this was a bad night for the bugs in our neighborhood :)