I think we can feel at least optimistic about the bats we see flying
around this time of year at dusk. I don't know when the normal time is
for bats to come out of hibernation or what triggers them to do it, but
anybody flying around now at least survived the winter, and more
importantly, is finding food since there are insects all over the place
from the warm weather.
When I first moved to this house 7 years ago, there were large numbers
of bats scarfing up insects starting at dusk. The last three years, I
haven't seen a single one here, although last summer I did spot a couple
circling around a neighbor's pond near dark. (I think those may have
been Indiana bats, since there's a lot of Shagbark Hickory, which is
excellent Indiana bat roosting territory, in my neighbors' woods and the
Indianas I think have been less decimated than the Little Brown Bats...)
On 3/21/2012 5:58 PM, Scott Sainsbury wrote:
> Hi Hilke (et.al)
> I'm glad you're hearing wood frogs. I walked out to look at the
> vernal pools in our hay fields a couple days ago. They were full of
> water, but no eggs yet. I was worried that -- with the warm weather
> -- the pools might be gone before the amphibians get to them.
> Hopefully that won't be the case. Your wood frogs give hope.
> We had a bright-yellow Yellow Shafted Flicker on our suet feeder this
> morning. Interesting species. In large groups on the ground feeding
> on ants (according to Sibley) in the fall. In the trees in summer.
> On feeders now (perhaps all the energy in the fat is great for
> post-migration recovery). Omnivore? Or just opportunist?
> I've been thinking about the bats that community members have been
> reporting. I remember hearing a program on Jane Lindholm's show with
> a couple experts on White-nose. They said that often, the individual
> bats we see flying around are those infected with the fungus.
> Perhaps that's only in winter (hopefully), but I'd like to know
> whether I should be expressing joy or feeling sadness over the
> furry-fliers that are being seen.
> Scott Moretown On Mar 21, 2012, at 4:22 PM, Hilke Breder wrote:
>> Last evening I heard 2 woodcocks in our neighborhood on Black
>> Mountain Rd in Bratteboro. Their peenting was almost drowned out by
>> the unbelievable din made by spring peepers and wood frogs. I was
>> thrilled to see two bats fly circles over our house and wetland.
>> The woodcocks were doing their courtship singing again when I
>> stepped out at about 6:30 this morning.
>> Hilke Breder Brattleboro
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