Bat box check at Wilson Reserve, 3 October 2015

Written by: Robert Bender

Steve and Stanley found 3 Gould’s in two tubes at Burke Rd, and got started on the Wilson Reserve boxes. I started on the meadow boxes, finding Gould’s and one Broadnose (lower left) in box 7.



Soon after there was a big group in box 4, which turned out to be 19 Gould’s, 3 Broadnosed bats and our first Chocolate Wattled bat for a long time – a very dark Chocolate.



We had a big team to follow the ladders around, with several new people.




It was a very warm spring day, so cold drinks all round, and 36 bats to assess. Stephen had several new bats to band and took more tail membrane samples. Andrew Lees joined us for an hour or two,



as did Sue Fisher, a blogger with whom I was at school 55 years ago and haven’t seen since 1962.




Olwyn was with us again, and processed some bats.





Evie Jones has started having her rabies vaccinat-ions, so may be able to start bat assessing in Nov.




Most of the bats were Gould’s, as usual, including little White spot.




And our first dark Chocolate Wattled bat for ages.




And six Broadnosed bats, four recaptures, a new bat, and one dead: it had been banded in Dec. 2013, so was at least two years old. Somehow, in the busy afternoon, one of them was missed and not banded.

One Broadnose was banded in Jan. 2013, revisited a box in Jan 2015 and has now appeared for the 3rd time, in October. No doubt there are many very short-term visits by these bats that we miss between box checks.

Wilson reserve box tally:

Box Bats Species Adult
B04 19











B07 6 Gould’s 6
B02 2






B15 1 Broadnose 1*
  33 Total 15 18

Burke rd. tube tally:

Tube Bats Species Adult
T06 2 Gould’s 2
T03 1 Gould’s 1
  36 Total 17 19

* = dead


About Pia Lentini

Pia Lentini is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne's Quantitative and Applied Ecology group.
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