Nah, some places are just warm this winter.
Even here in mid January it has been fairly mild, with temps in the 40's and 50's f.
I'm not sure if that is a 'true' El Ni~no year (sorry my lap top does speak Spanish well) , yet it has very similar weather conditions with warn air currents and heavy rains.
One thing I have noticed over the years when I was working is that : if it wasn't warm enough for flying insects to be out, you didn't see bats flying around.
Bats seem to genetically have the ability to tell when temps are just enough to support flying insects, which I've noticed can be in the 50's f.
Some insects have a (kind of ) antifreeze in their 'blood', (well, body fluids) that allow them to move in colder temps.
Some moths in particular, have this.
If there are no flying insects, a bat will not expel the energy to be flying around all night without being able to replenish it.
Bats, do not seem to be able to store large amounts of fat, like some mammals, so they will not----------wait a minute----is this post by Vinke ? Dave Vinke ?
Why am I talking about bat behavior to a man who knows more about bats than most people in the country ?
Was this post even about bats to start with ?
Dave, how's the family ?
Do you remember that one time when we were. . .
But, I digress. . .