Microbat in box!

On our walk last Sunday, we were delighted to discover, we think, a Gould’s Wattled Bat (male) in one of our nest boxes. This microbat is larger and more common than most.

We witnessed microbats in flight across the night sky and our echo meters were flat out with recordings. Conditions were not ideal, however. A full moon means microbats are more visible and therefore vulnerable to being snatched by owls and other nocturnal birds which may explain the absence of smaller microbat species.

If you would like to join us on our next walk in Westgate Park and learn more about microbats and their importance to ecology, let us know here.

Gould’s Wattled Bat in a nest box with what appears to be a jelly fungus
Spectogram showing call signs at 30 kHz