Sunday, November 06, 2005

Bats in Central Park

Little Brown Bat -- Myotis lucifugus
Ken Hicks writes [in e-birds]:

On Saturday, November 5, at 4:15 there were 3 bats flying over the wild
flower meadow in Central Park, putting on a nice display of amazing twists and turns. As I walked south out of the park (around 4:35pm), I believe the same bats moved south over the open field just north of 96th street, and continued to move in a southerly direction. A Park Ranger who happened by the wild flower meadow identified them as brown bats.

Note from Marie: There are two species of "brown bats" -- Big Brown Bat and Little Brown Bat. I'm assuming the ones seen yesterday were the more common Little Brown Bats. Here's some info on that species:

The Little Brown Myotis (commonly called the Little Brown Bat) is one of the most common bats in the U.S. and Canada.

The little brown bat has glossy brown fur. It has hair on its toes and it has pointed ears. It is between three and five inches long and weighs between 1/16 and 1/2 an ounce.