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