This morning, as Colin was about to go upstairs to load up our car with old plaster, lath, and other unusable building materials, he noticed a bat on the third step in our front hall. It flew out the front door when he tried to move it. He followed it around to the back of the house to see where it went, but he couldn't see where it flew to. Maybe back into the attic, maybe off somewhere else.
Yesterday morning Alistair woke up over an hour earlier than usual saying that he heard something. (He was scared and ended up in bed with us and Charlotte.) We wonder if he heard the bat in the ceiling above his room. Alyssa had heard something rustling in the bathroom ceiling a few weeks ago. Both the bathroom and Alistair's closet are below the new bathroom. The bat could have flown out from behind the new tub, which does not yet have walls.
This is not the first bat we have seen this winter. Colin found a sleepy one in the attic a few months ago. He put it outside, but it soon flew away. Then the night before Colin's Dad left after his visit this fall, there was a bat flying around his room. Colin, his Dad, and Alyssa's Dad cornered it into Charlotte's bedroom (under construction) but it disappeared the next morning. One of the roofers found a bat in the fall too (he just put it back in the attic). Over the years when Colin was doing a lot of wiring work in the attic, he thought he saw something flying. (And of course when Lauren visited one summer, there was a bat in the house, but that flew out of the basement.) We're worried we might have a colony up there.