Bat box check at Wilson Reserve, 15 September 2015

Written by: Robert Bender

Steve managed the collection of bats from boxes with-out me this month as I was taking children to a birthday party and met the team at the car park.




There were several new recruits to help with bat assessing and scribing: Olwyn Jones worked with Helen.




Amanda Lau and Evie Jones watched Jessica at work.




Ashley Mooney did some bat handling. And Elise Ireland came to watch.




Irena Cassettari helped Steve with his genetic sampling.




There were only 20 bats in 2 boxes, including White Spot chaperoning a large group of fairly young Gould’s. She’s lost weight again – probably because it’s been a cold winter and it’s very early September.



There was one little Broadnosed female, banded last January and now recaptured for the second time.




Plus two Gould’s in the usual tube 4 at Burke Rd. One bat had been banded at Burke Rd, but shifted to Wilson Reserve. It was all over in an hour or so. I took the bags of bats to release just on sunset. All the Gould’s flew off quickly.



But the little Broadnosed female just wanted to go to sleep and wouldn’t fly off. I put her under my cardigan and she warmed up enough to wriggle around my shoulder, but still wasn’t interested in flying, so I had to take the ladder down there and put her back into box 15.


Wilson reserve box tally:

Box Bats Species Adult
B05 18 Gould’s 2 16
B15 1 Gould’s 1
B15 1 Broadnose 1
  20 Total 3 17

Burke rd. tube tally:

Tube Bats Species Adult
T04 2 Gould’s 2
  22 Total 3 19

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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