rufous fantails and bats

To: Victoria Quinton <>, Birding-aus <>
Subject: rufous fantails and bats
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 14:19:05 +1100

Hi Victoria
Rufous Fantails arrive in Victoria later than most of the other breeding migrants. Another possibility is that this is not their first attempt. Lindy Lumsden is a bat expert. If you do a Google search for her name you will find lots of sites.
Happy New Year.

Victoria Quinton wrote:
Hello all, and happy transition from 2007 to 2008,
Do birds ever wonder what day or year it is?

  I was recently on the Mornington Peninsula, for the first time in a while, 
and was delighted to find a rufous fantail nest.
 There was a pair of adult rufous fantails and they were taking turns [the few 
times I saw them] sitting on the nest.

 I did not wish to disturb them, and could not see young, so I presume there 
were eggs in the nest.

  Is this later than usual for them to nest and breed?


 Subject the Second: bats..

  If around 70 small bats [allow margin for error as they were flying in 
suddenly move to a house, appear one day, from where are they most likely to 
have come?

  Does anyone know a 'bat man' - or whatever the speciality is called - who 
knows a great deal about mammals that fly in that part of Aus.?

  Happy Birding to all.. and safety for Man and Beast alike this summer..

  Victoria Quinton
Melbourne, Aust


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