We’ve officially moved into the new place now, and while today’s comic depicts an entirely fictional occurrence, we’re seeing a lot more sky-life through the windows these days. The way the previous apartment was situated, we tended to see the wall of the house next door, a few neighborhood cats, and an occasional squirrel (whom we named “Winslow”), but now we can survey all sorts of planes, trains and automobiles, as well as quite a bit of bird activity (mostly seagulls at the moment).
It’s somewhat surprising to me that Seattle doesn’t have more bat activity. There’s plenty of trees, bridges, and house eaves around, but nary a bat in sight! Of course, Seattle doesn’t have that many night bugs either. Oh, sure there’s moths and mosquitoes and such, but they don’t seem to be significant enough for folks to dedicate much time to their eradication. It’s a little bit of a mystery to me as to why there aren’t more bugs… mosquitoes especially. There’s plenty of water and puddles around in spring time (although not so much lately), and the winter temperatures are very mild. Is it too warm, perhaps? Do all the mosquito larvae get eaten in the water by fish? Locals and long-term residents assure us it’s just the way the Pacific Northwest is, and that it’s not a recent phenomenon. Perhaps it’s all the caffeine in the water from the coffee culture here, functioning as a mild insecticide (but probably not).
But, if I go on a bat-watching excursion, I’ll bet I’d find out there’s a lot more of them around than I think. We’re near some rail yard lights now that seem to attract some moths, so perhaps I can spot a few Myotis if I’m more attentive. Regardless, I probably won’t be leaving the deck door open at night, just so we don’t get any night visitors like bats, cat burglars, or Hopkinsville Goblins.