Haunted Mansion

by Carl Strang

Mayslake Hall provided a surprise for us last week, a consequence of the south courtyard’s external walls being the target of an upcoming restoration.

The deteriorating surface is protected by a double layer of tarps.

The deteriorating surface is protected by a double layer of tarps.

A visitor on one of the mansion tours noticed something when peeking into a closet whose window is behind the tarps.

What is making this odd shadow?

What is making this odd shadow?

Here is one isolated. Bats!

Here is one isolated. Bats!

They were very active, crawling around, grooming, even eating the odd fly that landed within reach. The opportunity to watch this entertaining shadow show drew me back several times. On one occasion, a bat crawled around to the surface facing the window.

These little critters taught us that bats do not just hang and sleep during the day.

These little critters taught us that bats do not just hang and sleep during the day.

They probably are all big browns. This part of the restoration will need to be delayed, as this is a maternal colony and the babies need to fledge (if that’s the word for bats) before the tarps can be removed.

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