rufous fantails and bats

To: Victoria Quinton <>,
Subject: rufous fantails and bats
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 14:25:37 +1100
Hullo Victoria,
1) In Australia, as far as I can tell, birds are not at all fussy about when they breed, while food supplies remain adequate. Rufous Fantails are quite late arrivals in the South, about early November as a rule, and as long as there are insects to catch will probbaly keep breeding for a while yet. It could well be a second brood, or even a third, perhaps after losing the first nest/s to a predator. 2) Bats - they probably shifted camp after losing a roost tree - felled or blown down in recent storms. If house owners are worried, reassure them that the creatures are harmless (though grounded or injured bats should not be handled with bare hands). Contact DNRE, whatever it's called this week - Sustainability and Environment? Or Museum Victoria, or National Parks. The bat expert I know of is a nice girl called Lindy Lumsden who works for one or more of the bodies mentioned. At this time of the year female bats tend to have babies so they should be left alone as much as possible.

Happy New Year,
Anthea Fleming

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 daytime]
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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