The empty sky.

I am concerned about “my” bats. Early this summer they showed up at the usual time and in the usual numbers. A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to see one skimming along the river at Lewisham Station. Since it’s been wet, they’ve disappeared. I haven’t seen a single one in the garden for about three weeks. What do they do, when it’s wet? There are no insects, and presumably if they tried feeding in the rain the falling water would confuse them.

Are they ordering take-out?

Are they just sitting in a roof somewhere, starving to death?

Every evening I look for them and they don’t come.

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About chiller

Rachel Coldbreath spent 20 years working internationally as a technical specialist on large data collections for law firms, before becoming disabled. She blogs on a variety of topics from the news and politics to gardening and how very annoying it is, being disabled. Habits include drilling holes about 1mm away from where they ought to be, and embarking with great enthusiasm on tasks for which she is neither physically nor intellectually equipped.
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4 Responses to The empty sky.

  1. Bats are awesome creatures. They have a very high metabolic rate, which is why they eat so many insects when hunting.

    If they can’t hunt for some reason they tend to hibernate to conserve energy. So they are probably sleeping somewhere. Hopefully not starving though.

  2. elaine4queen says:

    i know someone who has bats in his curtains, if that’s any help?

    • chiller says:

      Wow! That must be awkward, because you’re not allowed to disturb them, are you?

      • elaine4queen says:

        it’s okay, it’s a room he doesn’t use much, and he gives people short shrift if they suggest he gets rid of them.

        they seem to be pretty happy there. curtain bats, the new rock and roll.

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