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Renovate or move?

December 11, 2012


This is the question that perennially plagues us all. As our lifestyles change or the family gets bigger we all need to make this decision. In the case of this Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosaurus vulpecula) the crisis has been brought about by its own increase in size. One gum-nut pizza too many, methinks!

The house in question is one of the most popular pieces of real estate in Flowerdale. A previous post (click HERE to view) outlined the revolving tenancy of this nest-box. Over the past twenty-four months it has been previously occupied by a White-throated Treecreeper family (Cormobates leucophaeus), then an Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) followed by a Ring-tailed Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus).


The space inside the nest box is getting so cramped that recently this Brushy has been seen sleeping with various appendages hanging out of the nest box entrance, especially in hot weather. Not a clever move given the Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) roosting nearby. With the impending summer heat, it is probably just a matter of time before this possum moves on to a more spacious abode.

We wait with bated breath to see what the next nest-box tenant will be.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    December 11, 2012 12:14 pm

    How does he or she fit?


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