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July 21, 2015 at 7:48 am #817968
I know you can see bats out at Greenlake, but I wondered if there’s anywhere closer to see them flying around. Not looking for a guided walk (like Camp Long), just a location to try.July 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm #826033
Not sure… Once or twice a year, usually during the summer or early fall, I’ll see them behind the Alaska Junction at dusk, darting about but never with any consistency. I haven’t seen them this year, so far though.July 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm #826034
I’ve never seen any bats in WS. Would love to have some around though. A couple of years ago my neighbor installed a bat house on his roof hoping to attract some to move in but was unsuccessful. Too bad, we certainly have enough mosquitoes to keep them fed.July 22, 2015 at 4:55 am #826035
The Seattle Police Department has their horse stables right next to Westcrest Park. They have a big bat house, painted gray with a Batman style bat on the box, hanging in a tree as you drive into the stables. I’ve never been there after dark, but I imagine that box has a few residents.July 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm #826036
You could probably see them at dusk at Camp Long without taking a guided walk, they would likely be flying over the parade grounds there. I have seen them over the lawn at Me Kwa Mooks, too. Any place with a greenbelt nearby will probably have a few bats living there and out hunting at twilight, it’s usually just a matter of being out at the right point in the evening to see them.July 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm #826037
Thanks, everyone. I didn’t think Camp Long would be open to non-campers late enough, but I’ll check that. I’ll give Me Kwa Mooks a try.July 22, 2015 at 11:35 pm #826038
Fauntleroy, along Lincoln Park…just after dark. I used to spot them near the street lights, where bugs congregate.July 23, 2015 at 4:38 am #826039
North Admiral has a nice bat population with lots of ravines and greenbelts. The key is spotting them. Twilight/dusk; look up toward the mid horizon. Your time frame to view them is limited. They are very small and move fast. If you see something you think is a bird it’s probably a bat. There are some very good websites for research available but I’m sorry I don’t have a recommendation handy.July 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm #826040
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