Bat box check at the Organ Pipes, 29th April 2017

12345678910Written by: Robert Bender

We had another fine windless day, and a big team came to help empty boxes, several undergraduate students. Bridal Creeper out of control all over Main Flat.

 

 

 

As well as the usual Gould’s there were Freetails in four boxes – this is C42, one of the large boxes.

 

 

 

And our first glider nest (with gliders growling at me) in C43, so I left them alone.

 

 

 

With three ladders going, we got the boxes emptied by 2 p.m., meanwhile Pia and Lindy started a processing team in the VC.

 

 

 

Two new recruits were Luke Johnson and Caitlin Surrey, Conservation students at VUT, both vaccinated and eager to start learning bat-handling skills.

 

 

 

Casey, about to submit his PhD thesis, was there as usual with Anita.

 

 

 

And their scribe was a new recruit, Dylan Piscopo.

 

 

 

Many of the Freetails were first-time captures, so Steve was kept busy PIT-tagging them, set up by the window.

 

 

 

The team slowly dwindled as students wandered off to other events, and a small team did the last few bats, finishing up about 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Lindy, Pia, Andrew and I stayed to release the 287 bats, with about 40 bats to open and empty. One Freetail was reluctant to fly away, so I set it on my cap until it was ready to go, and it flapped off.

Box Bat Species    Adult

  M      F

Juvenile

M      F

C46 33*

16

Gould’s

Lge Forest

18

7

15

9

   
C45 34 Gould’s 11 22 1  
C34 24 Gould’s 13 11    
C36 21 Gould’s 10 11    
C40 17 Gould’s 3 14    
C39 17 Gould’s 1 13   3
C41 16 Gould’s 6 7 2 1
C01 13 Gould’s 3 10    
C03 13# Gould’s 10 2    
C42 13 Freetail 1 12    
C28 12 Gould’s 1 11    
C30 12 Gould’s   12    
C35 9 Gould’s 1 8    
C17 8

1

Freetail

Gould’s

2

1

6    
C13 6 Freetail 2 3   1
C27 5* Gould’s 1 4    
C15 4

1

Freetail

Gould’s

 

1

4    
C20 4 Gould’s 1 3    
C22 3 Gould’s   3    
C16 2# Gould’s 2      
C24 2 Gould’s 1 1    
C07 1 Gould’s 1      
C14 1 Freetail   1    
C44 1 Gould’s 1      
  289 Totals 98 182 3 5

* = 1 escaped # = 1 dead (both were adolescents)

 

Advertisements

About Pia Lentini

Pia Lentini is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne's Quantitative and Applied Ecology group.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s