Picture this scenario; you’re by the pool on a beautiful summer’s evening, enjoying good food in the company of your friends, when all of a sudden, a group of 5,000 birds flies overhead. That would be a pretty incredible sight wouldn't it? Well now lets take that and adjust it fit the “everything is bigger in Texas” motto. How about seeing between 750,000 and 1,500,000 bats fly above the Colorado River? Now that’s more like it.
One of Austin’s biggest attractions that you must check out is the bat flight on Congress Avenue. Around sunset between the months of April and October, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue bridge in search of a meal. They are extremely interesting animals that are generally not well understood. For example, we’ve all heard the phrase “blind as a bat”, but believe it or not, bats actually have remarkably good vision.These amazing mammals, and yes they are mammals, not birds, are now a staple of Austin, and by seeing them in action, we can truly appreciate how wonderful they are.