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At last!

July 17, 2015

After the bushfires of ’09, people very kindly donated several nest-boxes for various fauna that were displaced when the forest burned. We placed a rosella nest-box near the house so that we could watch it and as previously reported it has had almost constant use from possums and various bird species (but not rosellas!). We put up the remaining nest-boxes at various locations on the property.

Anybody home?

Anybody home?

The Sugar Glider nest-box has not been occupied but has received attention from curious Crimson Rosellas (pictured left). The hole is too small to allow them to enter the box, but over the last three summers the rosellas have been gnawing away at the entrance, slowly making it bigger. DSCN1938The Brush-tailed Phascogale nest-box is near the woodpile by the dam. This nest-box is characterised by a low entrance at the back of the box, with an internal baffle that the phascogale has to climb up to reach the inside chamber. For the last 5 years this IMG_0010nest-box also has remained empty. But a quick inspection of the box last week showed evidence of recent activity, at last! – freshly rolled-up Long-leaved Box leaves (photo above). Rather than disturb the occupants we set up a motion-sensing camera on a nearby log to see who had taken up residence. The picture left shows a Sugar Glider just leaving the box. So now we have rosellas inspecting the sugar glider nest-box, sugar gliders in the phascogale nest-box and everything else (except rosellas) in the rosella nest-box. For all you nest-box builders out there, a label on the nest-box identifying what type of box would probably help potential residents identify their new homes correctly. Assuming they can read.

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