Bats in the Paw Paw Tunnel!

These guys were just above eye-level on the "towpath" side!

These two were just above eye-level on the “towpath” side! (Photo courtesy of Chris Fink)

When talking about bats in tunnels in Allegany County, Maryland, the first place that comes to mind is the abandoned Indigo Tunnel on the old Western Maryland Railway.  However, in the past, I have counted a number of bats in the Paw Paw Tunnel.  Without a flashlight, they are virtually invisible, and with a light, they generally look like dark splotches on the bricks.  The vast majority of them cling to the wall across the canal from the walkway, but I have seen a few hanging “Dracula-style,” straight down, from the middle of the arch.  However, these two were on the walkway side, and they were literally within arm’s reach.  I’m not creeped out by bats–well, not really–but we did stay out of their way and opted to zoom in.  It’s a hard enough life out in the cold, and fortunately they didn’t seem to notice us walking through the tunnel.

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