Animals along the Trail

Animals seen on a recent urban hike in Belton, Texas.

Western kingbird on a very grey day; Belton, Texas

Western kingbird on a very grey day

Birds (4)

Birds (3)

Cat in a tree (1)

Cat in a tree (2)


Cat under a hot tin roof.
Cat in a window (1)

Cat in a window (3)


Plymouth Rock chicken. It was outside the fence, trying to get in.

Plymouth Rock chicken (1)

Blurry Bat Photos

My hiking group got together for an evening excursion on a Lone Star Riverboat Cruise along Lady Bird Lake, ending up at the Ann W. Richards Bridge (Congress Avenue bridge) at sunset. That’s when the world’s largest urban bat colony takes flight for their nightly feeding. The number of bats is around 750,000. In June, that doubles when all these females give birth: with mothers and babies, that’s 1.5 million bats. It takes more than an hour for all the bats to leave the bridge.

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Looking east of the bridge.

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The view from the crane is probably spectacular.

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Why isn’t anyone out on their patio? Hmm . . .

Bats (29)

It’ll be hard to find a spot on the bridge to wait for the bats.

Waiting for the bats (6)