1. By Rina Miller
    August 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm | permalink

    That’s quite a colony of bats! Very cool. Bet they freak people out, though.

  2. By Dan Ezekiel
    September 1, 2010 at 7:11 am | permalink

    Are these really bats? There are no close-ups in the video, but based on behavior, I would say these are chimney swifts (birds).

  3. September 1, 2010 at 9:56 am | permalink

    Definitely bats Dan. They only come out to feed at sunset. I’m pretty familiar with swallows (used to live in a marina and also on a farm). These are bats, unless Chimney Swifts squeak and fly erratically and only come out at night.

    Check em out at sunset (8:15-8:35 or so behind Community). If you bring some binoculors and can clearly see they are swifts, I stand corrected ;-)

  4. September 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm | permalink

    They are starting to circle around now…a bit early but it’s darker than usual right now.

  5. September 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm | permalink

    Dan, I’m thinking you may be right, as the “bats” sound exactly like this: [link]

  6. September 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm | permalink

    Crushed. I think they are indeed Chimney Swifts. The drama of bats was just so compelling.

  7. By Dan Ezekiel
    September 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm | permalink

    Sorry, Wendy. But flying cigars are cool, too.