We went to see the bats in Austin, here is a bit of info:
The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue bridge in downtown Austin is the spring and summer home to some 750,000 bats with up to 1.5 million bats at the peak of the bat-watching season. It's the largest urban bat colony in North America.
Each evening around sunset the Congress Avenue bats emerge like a black cloud from the crevices of the bridge. Covering the countryside in search of food, it is estimated that the bats consume from 10,000 to 30,000 pounds of insects.
Giving birth in June or July, the bats and pups hang around til October when they head back south. Watching the nightly forays for food is a favorite evening activity, especially in late summer.
We got there nice and early, excited to see some bats at dusk. We read online that you should bring an umbrella. Guano is all I have to say about that.
Ben and his mad photo skillz
A few moments to throw some rocks in the river. But not too long, we didn't want to miss the show! I love that Ev and I were matching! I kept thinking she was a grown-up in those jeans.
My real-life little buddy.
Throwing, throwing, gone!
Everyone showing up to join our party.
Let me hear a "woo woo" if you were lucky enough to get this text picture from Ben (don't feel bad if you didn't, he just sent it to family. If you are family and you didn't get it, Ben probably doesn't love you as much as everyone else. JUST KIDDING)
It's getting dark...hmmmm...no bats. Waiting, waiting, waiting....
And we waited long enough. It got too dark to see the stinkin' bats even if they did come out. Maybe next time count batulas, maybe next time.