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Highly desirable residence !

January 4, 2012

The value of artificial nest boxes, especially in fire-ravaged areas, was highlighted this week when we received this photo. The owner of the tail, presumably a Common Ringtail Possum, is the third known occupant of this particular box in the last 15 months. The first tenant was a White-throated Treecreeper  which successfully raised a brood in spring 2010.

Then an Australian Owlet-nightjar regularly used the box during 2011 (click HERE to view previous post) and is apparently now quite peeved at the new arrival, judging by its constant calling.

As the landholder said “… this sort of revolving tenancy is probably quite common with natural tree hollows – it’s been fascinating to watch!”. Thanks to Ron and Kate for their many interesting wildlife reports.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2012 11:26 am

    Fascinating!

  2. Susan permalink
    January 4, 2012 11:30 am

    I didn’t realise there was a rotation. Maybe the owlet nightjar didn’t get the memo!
    The photos are great.

  3. January 5, 2012 8:26 am

    G’day Dave, I have some owlet nightjar nest boxes.
    Let me know if Ron and Kate would like some for their property.
    Regards, Chris Cobern
    Fire Recovery Landcare Coordinator
    Upper Goulburn Landcare Network

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