Written by: Robert Bender
A somewhat windy morning, but in the woodland it was quite calm, as the wind just went over the top of the forest. We had a small team – Steve, Danielle, Stanley and me, and new recruits Peter Ritchie and his son Alex who is a candidate for a Queen Scout award.
Peter and Alex came with me. Huntsman in box 15
Six Gould’s in box 8
A big ant colony with hundreds of eggs in box 2, so it was propped open with a big stick. No surprise in this wet spring, that ants search for dry spaces to raise their young. Approaching box 9, Peter in the lead, he spotted the tail of a brownish snake just ahead, so we retreated and skipped that box.
Steve found a big group in box 15, then went off with Stanley to retrieve a group of Gould’s from tube 7 at Burke Rd.
Back at my place Steve as usual got on with banding 6 new bats, four from Burke Rd., a new female Broad-nose and one Gould’s from box 1, & took tail samples.
Danielle did most of the assessing, with Alex scribing for her. I did the Burke Rd. bats with Stanley scribing.