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Posted: 8/29/2004 9:18:21 AM EST
The sky turns BLACK in downtown Austin. Millions of them. Never seen anything like it. Quite impressive.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 12:07:25 PM EST
It's probably just Ann Richards cleaning out her belfry...



There's a huge bat cave on private property near Mason, TX that gets mentioned regularly by the local TV weathermen. Their swarms are big enough to be clearly seen on weather radar here in San Antonio (approx. 100 miles away).
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 12:08:40 PM EST
huh, i thought that was just in Detroit,...........


oh,................ BATS.

no.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 12:12:33 PM EST
I saw them on the news once. Millions of them! The bat lovers were defending the beast against claims of some folks that bats carried rabies. The bat lovers said that less than 1% of bats carry rabies. With an estimated 5 million bats in Austin thats a lot of rabid bats!
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 12:45:59 PM EST
Must be fun with a BB gun
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 12:52:59 PM EST
This thread is worthless without pics!
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:43:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 1:43:42 PM EST by 1776]

Originally Posted By bvmjethead:
This thread is worthless without pics!



This doesnt do it justice.



Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:30:43 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:56:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By Pangea:
I saw them on the news once. Millions of them! The bat lovers were defending the beast against claims of some folks that bats carried rabies. The bat lovers said that less than 1% of bats carry rabies. With an estimated 5 million bats in Austin thats a lot of rabid bats!


Bats are good, they eat something like 10 times their body weight in insects in a single evening. Like all wild animals some of them are infected with rabies. Don't like mosquitos and other bugs, the bats are your friends.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 3:02:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1776:
The sky turns BLACK in downtown Austin. Millions of them. Never seen anything like it. Quite impressive.



Always wanted to go there. Heard about it thru BCI (Bat Conservation Int'L)They live under the Congress Ave. Bridge if I remember correctly.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 3:41:42 PM EST
I have stood under the bridge at dusk when they come out, like a moron. Three times a moron.
DanM
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 4:13:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By DanM:
I have stood under the bridge at dusk when they come out, like a moron. Three times a moron.
DanM



Can you say, "Bat guano"?
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 4:56:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By warlord:
Bats are good, they eat something like 10 times their body weight in insects in a single evening.



So, by the time they're done eating for the evening, they either:

1. Weigh 10 times what they did before they started, or
2. Have damned fast digestive systems!
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 1:29:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By Skibane:

Originally Posted By warlord:
Bats are good, they eat something like 10 times their body weight in insects in a single evening.



So, by the time they're done eating for the evening, they either:

1. Weigh 10 times what they did before they started, or
2. Have damned fast digestive systems!



Judging from the massive amount of Bat crap that rains down on the watchers, I'd say the latter. BTW: the SECOND largest bat colony around here is in the Police dept parking garage. Cover your car or they'll do it for you.
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 1:40:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bobby_the_Hun:

Originally Posted By 1776:
The sky turns BLACK in downtown Austin. Millions of them. Never seen anything like it. Quite impressive.



Always wanted to go there. Heard about it thru BCI (Bat Conservation Int'L)They live under the Congress Ave. Bridge if I remember correctly.



I'm a BCI guy myself, and glad to meet you! Here in the Seattle area we don't get a lot of bats like down south, and I'm looking forward to seeing the big flights down there sometime.

Any critter that eats flying insects is a friend of mine!
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 1:41:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/30/2004 1:43:00 PM EST by ar50troll]
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 1:44:01 PM EST
Sure have. It's damn impressive. I just wish we had some bats around our part of the city, to eat our mosquito population...

1776, you located in Austin?
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 1:53:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/30/2004 2:00:20 PM EST by flashbat]
Originally Posted By ar50troll:


Not only does he eat his weight in insects, but he can whack off without having opposable thumbs! What a guy!

Link Posted: 8/30/2004 2:04:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By ar50troll:
www.ar50.com/bat.jpg



Link Posted: 8/31/2004 12:11:43 AM EST
Isn't bat guano supossed to be some hideously nasty stuff? Very toxic, or germ-infested or something?
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 12:14:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By PeteCO:
Isn't bat guano supossed to be some hideously nasty stuff? Very toxic, or germ-infested or something?



I heard it was good for growning some plants.


We used to have a few here in a tree, I killed one once.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 12:17:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 12:23:13 AM EST by chrome1]

Originally Posted By flashbat:
Originally Posted By ar50troll:



Not only does he eat his weight in insects, but he can whack off without having opposable thumbs! What a guy!




Holy Bat Unit
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 2:48:01 AM EST
I think there are suppoesed to be 40 million bats in the Congress Avenue bridge.

The colony under the McNeil bridge over IH 35 is more impressive, and is supposedly now larger than the one on Congress. Since those bats live in Williamson County, they are more reliable, punctual and Republican (probably more sober too since they aren't eating mosquitos filled with THC-laced blood like the ones in Austin). They are flying at about 1945 hours every night, these days. Takes about a half hour for them all to leave, and they generally start at the north side of the bridge and then work their way south.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:31:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 5:39:04 AM EST by JHaines]
Yep, that's one of the few cool things about living in this liberal infested, traffic-nightmare-of-a-city....That, and the fact that it's in Texas so we get to do lots of "cool stuff" with guns.

Az Nataz said, the I-35 bridge over the railroad tracks near Round Rock also has a HUGE bat population living under it...That's another amazing sight to see at dusk - more impressive than that of Congress Avenue .
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