August is the low-point for the year in occupancy of bat boxes (apart from 2013, when there were 202 bats), so under 100 were expected. As usual I did the south end and Steve did the north end. Box 14 had 6 Gould’s.
Another few boxes had small numbers, then a big group of Freetails and Gould’s were found in box 13.
Most boxes were empty, so after a few show-and-tell chats to passing casual visitors, we all drove up to the Visitor Centre, where a small team was already at work.
Lindy was assisted by Juliana Lazzari.
Steve, who has a new baby at home, stayed to process the Freetails, then went off to be father Steve.
Pia and Mary, Danielle and Melissa, stayed to finish off the 75 bats collected from the boxes.
Andrew Mibus had just completed his vaccinations, and asked to be trained as a bat-handler, so made first steps in the long process of growing confidence, learning to hold a bat, manage the calipers, read a band number.
Among the 75 was just one Large Forest Bat male, banded in June 2015, and now captured for the 4th time.
They were all done by dusk, so after enjoying a beautiful sunset, four of us went down into the valley to release the bats, which all flew off quite fast.