[Tweeters] bat flying near Seward Park

Kristine Reilly reill5 at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 14 14:30:32 PST 2014


News of this bat, together with the out-of-season Barn Swallow at the mouth
of the Cedar River (which was still there yesterday morning), has caused my
husband and me to wonder what in the world they're eating. Are there really
enough insects flying around at this time of year to sustain them?

-----Original Message-----
From: kelsberg at u.washington.edu
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:21 PM
To: Tweeters at mailman1.u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] bat flying near Seward Park

Sarah Safranek and I noticed a small brown bat flying low over the water
about half a mile south of the Stan Sayres hydroplane pits on Lake
Washingtion about 4 PM yesterday afternoon. The bat spent about 15-20
minutes making rough circles near the lake shore, occasionally dipping down
to touch the surface, and then flew inland towards a grove of trees. The air
was still and the temperature was about 52 degrees.
I read that Little Brown Bats will commonly interrupt their hibernation
after a few weeks and fly around for a while on warm winter's evenings. I
imagine that was what we witnessed. I also read that these flights use about
three-fourths of their stored fat reserves.

Gary Kelsberg
Seattle

kelsberg at yew dot washington dot eedew

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