ECHO PARK — Apparently pigeons and ducks are not the only winged creatures that flock to Echo Park Lake. On Thursday night, an Echo Park resident named Brian was strolling around the lake at sundown when, up in the sky, he saw them: bats. Lots of bats. “I saw hundreds and hundreds of bats at Echo Park lake tonight,” said Brian in an email.
Brian supplied no photos, but Stephen Roullier, a long-time resident who lives near the lake, said he’s noticed more of the creatures fluttering about this year after they went away when the lake was closed and drained a few years back.
“They appear to have made a big comeback this season – we’re seeing them a lot now,” Roullier said.”I suspect they are a sign of a good ecosystem. We love them!”
While the idea of hundreds of bats flying overhead is going to give many the creeps, Thursday night’s flock of bats didn’t seem to scare anyone away.
“They were flying around the edge of the lake and quite a number were over the street,” said Brian, who did not want his last name published. “They were eating bugs I think. I stood and watched for a while. A few people noticed as some of the bats were swooping pretty low. I saw a family with a couple kids, and they were excited by it. It definitely was exciting.