Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Feeling Batty!

I hear that you've been playing tricks,
So listen, here's the scoop...
I'm running short on candy treats,
So this year you get Bat Poop!!!


Just kidding everyone :D
It is close to Halloween time, so I thought I would share my "batty" earrings with you.

Plus, I live in Austin, Texas and we have a bridge here called Congress Bridge. We have one of the largest bat populations in the U.S.. In October, they head back South for the winter.

How Many Bats Live Under the Congress Avenue Bridge?: The 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.

Why Did the Bats Choose the Congress Avenue Bridge?: While bats have called Austin home for many years, it was after renovations to the Congress Avenue bridge over Town Lake in 1980 that they found their favorite hang out. Narrow but deep openings created in the bridge turned out to be perfect accommodations.

Congress Avenue Bat Flights: 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.

Ooooooooooooooooo...we also have another kind of bat here in Austin...


Jen said...

I want those earrings and not the bat poop, thank you! Cute post!

Moosecorn said...

Jen...come on by my etsy store...they are waiting for you :D


Happy bat poop free Day!

piggy said...

Cute batty earrings! :D

Fatally Cute said...

those are some sweet bat earrings