Bats at Wilson Reserve, 14 Jan 2017

1 2 3 4 5 6 7Written by: Robert Bender

The weather was fine, mild, windless, but until the last couple of boxes, few bats were found. Then two big groups were discovered in boxes 4 and 7.




So with several bulging bags, the team assembled on my back deck for a long afternoon’s processing.




Danielle concentrated on banding and genetic samples, April scribed. Steve had to go early, leaving 4 of us.




Melissa did bat assessing on her own for a while.




Stanley started scribing for me, then went off to return to the two bats to their Burke Rd. tubes once they had been assessed. I did a page of bats.




All the bats were Gould’s (as usual) bar one male Broadnose, now captured 8 times since appearing in Jan  ’15. This is our 77th record of a Broadnosed bat.




We were amazed at the number of Spinturnix mites running about on the wings of many of the young bats.


Box Bats Species Adult Juvenile
      M F M F
B04 45 Gould’s 6 21 5 13
B07 25






10 5 8
B03 1 Gould’s 1      
B06 1 Gould’s 1      
B08 1 Gould’s   1    
B21 1 Gould’s 1      
Burke Rd
T02 1 Gould’s 1      
T07 1 Gould’s 1      
  77 Total 14 32 10 21



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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