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Austin TX's Congress Bridge Bat Extravaganza- 1.5 Million Bats Flying Nightly

Austin TX has the largest population of bats in North America, with approximately 1.5 millions... yes, I said million!!  Where did the bats come from?  Mexico!

The Congress Bridge running through downtown Austin was built in 1980, and the bats just came.  Almost like, "If you build it, they will come."  These, supposedly, are just the female and baby bats, where as the male bats are banished to Round Rock, TX, about 30 minutes away.

The bats are in town every year from around March until November.  They're kinda on their own schedule, but the best estimate is always from 7:15-8:15pm each night.  When we were there on Friday night, they came out at 8:12pm.

We sat in the grassy section instead of up on the bridge, but next time, we're going to stand on the bridge so we can see more of where they're going.

Here are some pictures, but since they're flying to fast, it was hard to get them in focus.

austin tx congress bridge bats

austin tx congress bridge bats

austin tx congress bridge bats

There are even Bat Tours you can go on where you can watch the bats from the water.  Personally, I wouldn't want to be underneath all those things flying over me because, with my luck, several thousand would poop on my head!

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline
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Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

Comment balloon 10 commentsDonna Harris • August 16 2009 01:31PM

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Yikes! that is kind of scary!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna... when I lived in Austin, one of my favorite "date" things was to go for cocktails at the Four Seasons and watch the bats from the lounge.  I miss the bats!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Hi Donna ~ Cool!  Have these bats been impacted by the mysterious illness that's felling bats?  I think it's White Nose something-or-other and it is bad. 

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 9 years ago

Debra, I thought it would be a bigger deal than it was, but it wasn't scary at all.

Steve, Nothing better than close up with them right over your head!

Liz, I have not heard of anything, so I'm not sure, but the population is getting bigger and bigger each year, so apparently not.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

I know of this, as a former TX resident, but you could not PAY me to stand out there....LOL

Posted by c m over 9 years ago

Yes, it trully is a sight to behold.......maybe a little scary too!!  LOL

Posted by Steve Merson 512 412 1621, CNE, e-PRO (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Cheryl, My husband was afraid of the smell, but there wasn't a smell.  I barely even heard any noise people usually comment about.

Steve, Not scary as they're just going up, not out at you.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Hello Donna, what a sight to see all those critters up in the air!  I KNOW I'd be wearing my hat!  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 9 years ago

Amazing sight . . .

;-)

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

I love bats, ours aren't that big here, but I would love to watch an event like that with my family. About how long did the event last?

Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

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