Written by Robert Bender
We had two new recruits to help us, Lynne Stockdale, a local artist, and friend Laurence Beesley, who scribed.
With their help we managed two ladders. Lucky me got box 20, with 20 bats in it, of the 24 for the day, a mix of 15 Gould’s and 5 Broadnose (a record number for this species)
Two of the Gould’s females had given birth recently.
The 5 Broadnose bats were all pregnant females, a first for our boxes, to have Broadnose bats treat them as breeding sites. They have a single young, so one bulge.
Glider box 2 had the highlight for the day, 3 gliders.
And in the hollow of the multi-stemmed Redgum with box 6, the usual al-fresco Brushtail.
Steve was keen to examine and assess the Gould’s mothers and put them back in box 20, with the pregnant females. These pups still had their umbilicus attached.
There were some unbanded bats, so we had to go to my house, where Steve did a show-and-tell for Carolyn’s Amnesty group, who were fascinated.
Kristin did the assessing and scribing.
The last bat was a bad-tempered Chocolate Wattled bat male. With just 24 bats, it was all over by 5 o’clock, so Kristin and Steve went off home. The forecast storm started thundering soon after, so I decided to take the bagged bats and put them all back into box 20 before the rain started.
It began to pour just as I got back to my car, so that was good timing. There were none in the Burke Rd tubes.