When do the bats come out of the Bat House at Strongsville Wildlife Area in Mill Stream Run Reservation?
|VIDEO – Big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) roosting underneath an eave at Rocky River Nature Center on a hot summer day this past August. |
The little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus
) is the most common bat to utilize roosting opportunities in that "hot box." I refer to the bat house that way because the big brown bat (VIDEO) cannot tolerate such high temperatures (within the box) in the summers. Now, as to when they may leave the box. In the right time of year, our summer, the bats would leave at dusk and return at dawn. So they would be in flight, hunting for flying insects at night while it is cooler outside. To note, the "little brown bat" heads south in Ohio to hibernate in caves this time of year. I do not think there are too many around. There's just something I must mention though. That bat box, to my knowledge no longer gets a lot of bat traffic. White-Nose Syndrome
(WNS), a bat-killing fungus has really reduced Ohio's smaller-in-size bat populations. The low occupancy is likely a resulting effect of WNS. If you ever see a bat enter or leave the box, can you let me know? They look like a wobbly bird in flight.
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