Bats – Austin, Texas

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My son and I just got back from a visit to Austin, TX. One of the things on his “todo” list was to see the bats.

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    18 Responses to Bats – Austin, Texas

    1. That must have been quite a sight.

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    2. I remember one summer evening I was walking across the Congress Ave bridge and a woman started screaming and freaking out, flailing her arms around her head. A bat had become tangled in her hair. I felt worse for the bat than I did her.

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    3. @ Wookie_x

      Are you sure that was a Bat? I ask as that is unheard of, well except on the old silver screen.

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    4. I would have taken pictures of that! I missed a bat slamming into one of light fixtures… my son witnessed that and was much amused.

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    5. just before nightfall , there are hundreds of crows that migrate daily from one area of my city to the other.

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    6. That Bat must have been in pretty bad shape to hit your Lightbulb outofoucs, as in it was dead and someone through it.

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    7. I live here, it is a fun thing to see but i have to drive across that bridge and it stinks like bat shit everyday.

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    8. What is the count on the numbers of bats, I used to go up to austin to see an ex-girlfriend and I heard widely different numbers of bats, from a few thousand to millions came out.

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    9. Me and some friends were drunk at a wedding shower and thought about how amusing it would be for some crazy fuckers to dress up like vampires on the weekend and run from underneath the bridge at people. HAHA!

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    10. Raoul Duke: [narrating] We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
      Raoul Duke: I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
      Raoul Duke: [narrating] Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming:
      Raoul Duke: Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
      [swatting the air]
      Raoul Duke: Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
      Dr. Gonzo: Did you say something?
      Raoul Duke: Hm? Never mind. It’s your turn to drive.
      Raoul Duke: [narrating] No point in mentioning these bats, I thought. Poor bastard will see them soon enough.

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    11. @ NoirJ: Yeah, it was a bat. I was within 15 feet of her. She shook it out of her hair and the poor li’l critter dropped to the sidewalk, struggled around a bit, then managed to take off again.

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    12. @Wookie_x

      cool, was just wondering, must have been sick. As the echolocation makes it impossible for them to hit anything like that normally. We usually have to use very fine netting to catch them.

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    13. @outofocus

      How’d you like that Austin traffic?

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    14. NoirJ – You sound like a know it all. Knock it off.

      FMS – The traffic, ignoring downtown, was a lot better this trip than prior trips. Downtown was a nightmare because of the motorcycle thing going on that weekend.

      The only thing that really bugs me about driving in Austin is the fact that the drivers seem intent avoiding merging at all costs… oh and that they seem to understand the point of multiple lanes about as well as people in the SFBayArea.

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    15. @outofocus

      Sorry if you think that, am just involved in Bat Conservation. My second fave after Bees.

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    16. NoirJ – No worries. You just came off as neither of us knew what we were talking about and that what we saw couldn’t be bats… If you had said, “I work with bats… they must have been sick or something”… it would have made a lot more sense from the beginning.

      Bat conservation sounds interesting. We found a batch of babies once that appeared to be abandoned so we called the Humane Society so they could come out and take care of them and/or contact someone who could do so.

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    17. In situations like these I cant think of anything more fun than a tinfoil ball and a sling shot. it wont hurt them but the extreme number of facets on the foil ball and its reflective nature messes with their echo location

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    18. NoirJ

      Does that go for all types of bats? Cause I have had bats hit me before. Usually they just get really close but I have had them smack off me a few times.

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