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  1. #1
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    I think we have bats!

    If so, its the first I have seen them in the 6 years we've been living in metrowest Boston (Hopkinton).

    Something small, dodging and darting way quicker than our swallows and other song birds, lapping the yard at about 30-40' eating what I can only hope are mosquitos. GO Bats!

    If I'm right, what do I do to encourage them to stay? Where did they come from??

    "Bat Box" plans and advice are easily googlabl3, but what would maggots do?

    Hooray for bats!!
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  2. #2
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    Step 1

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    Not bats. Try Swallow.
    A few people feel the rain. Most people just get wet.

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    Looks more like a nocturnal bird. Nighthawks maybe? Very cool birds, they nest on the ground. Not quite as good as bats for mosquitoes. Their call is sort of like a trill or squeak, repeated every 2 or 3 seconds.

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    It's not night. But ok.
    A few people feel the rain. Most people just get wet.

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    Rustic cabin in WI that has been in my family for a long time had a bad mosquito problem. My cousin & I put up a bat box. Took about a year for the bats to move in, but once they did, zero mosquitoes. I used hate going there, but now it is really pleasant. Bats are awesome.


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    Hard to tell from the pictures, but based on the wing and body a chimney swift is the likely bird. Bats and night hawks come out at dusk and are gone at dawn.

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    One bat can eat 1200 mosquitos an hour.

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    I am ........Batman.

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    Seen a few around my place at dusk several times, very happy about that. Zero [0] mosquitoes this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahman View Post
    One bat can eat 1200 mosquitos an hour.
    Well they're not very filling.

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    May have posted in the wildlife thread but found this guy hanging around a while back.

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  13. #13
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    Saw a few last night in our yard, great little creatures!!


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    had a big brown in my house the other night. made for exciting times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talisman View Post
    Hard to tell from the pictures, but based on the wing and body a chimney swift is the likely bird. Bats and night hawks come out at dusk and are gone at dawn.
    this, check out chimney swift silhouettes on the goggle box

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    Quote Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post
    Not bats. Try Swallow.
    African, or European?

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