Written by: Robert Bender
Mid-winter, so very few bats – just 8 this month, and none at Burke Rd. Several casual park visitors stopped for a show-and-tell, then we were off to my place with a very light load: Steve, Dani, Melissa – Stanley had gone home as there were no bats to release at Burke Rd
Dani weighed and measured, and banded one new bat
Melissa did some as well, and I scribed for both.
Drove down to the reserve at 6:45 and released them all. All but one flew off quickly – the one above was already a bit torpid, so I warmed it under my jacket and two minutes later it was ready to flap away, after sitting for its portrait a few times.
There were 10 bats in June, two fewer this month, and not the same ones. So there has been some movement, some leaving, others arriving.