Bat box check at Wilson Reserve, 16 January 2016

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Written by: Robert Bender

The weather was just right for ladder-work. Steve found the really big group of mothers and pups in box 2. I got a Huntsman defending her egg sac.

 

 

Then the last two woodland boxes, box 1 and 15, had bats. This is box 1 with Gould’s. One escaped and was recaptured from box 5 soon after

 

 

 

Box 15 had a mix of Gould’s and Broadnose

 

 

 

 

Kristin has completed her Working-at-heights training at Latrobe Uni so had her first effort at wearing a harness and checking some boxes.

 

 

Bat assessing was done by Kristin, Olwyn and Irina, while Steve did the banding and micro-chipping.

 

 

 

One new recruit was Tim Bawden, president of Bird-life Australia who learned about us on Facebook.

 

 

 

We had 64 bats to get through. Michelle helped Steve with vials and labels for genetic samples of the many young bats he banded and/or micro-chipped. Sue Fisher was back again to scribe for Kristin.

 

 

And Helen scribed for Irina.

 

 

 

 

Some of our original banded bats returned this month – this is 84634, who has been captured 14 times, usually spring and summer, and visits every so often.

 

 

 

There were 5 Broadnosed bats, 2 recaptures and 3 new ones, taking our tally to 28 of this species, 16 males and 12 females.

 

 

 

Male 92562 (above) has now been captured 6 times, and is a regular.

 

 

Angela scribed for Olwyn then, when she had to leave, Tim took over. It was all done by 6:45 and everyone went off to their evening activities. At 8:30 I drove over to Burke Rd. to release the one bat found there, and then to Wilson Reserve, where all the bats quickly flew off to take advantage of a warm night for feeding.

 

Wilson Reserve Boxes tally:

Box Bats Species Adult Juvenile
      M F M F
B02 35

1

Gould’s

Broadnose

8

1

13

 

8 6
B01 10 Gould’s 3 4   3
B15 8

4

Gould’s

Broadnose

 

1

2

1

2

1

4

1

B06 5 Gould’s   3   2
  63 Total 13 23 11 16

Burke Rd. tubes tally:

Box Bats Species Adult Juvenile
      M F M F
T12 1 Gould’s 1      
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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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