Communities for Nature – Nestboxes for Wildlife

On 26th May 2013 Glen Johnson wrote
10 new nestboxes were installed at Frayne College on May 4 to complement the nature trail commenced in 2012. And on May 26 BLCare members (5 adults and 4 kids) enjoyed a great day amidst the fog erecting another eight new Nest Boxes in Baranduda’s Jamison Drive Gully wildlife reserve. These complement a range of older boxes originally erected in 2001-2 that are now getting towards the end of their life span. For now though, and with a little maintenance along the way, the old boxes are still providing perfect day roost homes for a range of hollow dependent arboreal mammals.  Compare and contrast the difference in the amount of eucalypt leaves in NestBox T10 from a photo taken in our 13th April monitoring to the one taken of the same nestbox some six weeks later

April 13 Nestbox T10 May 26 Nestbox T10
NBox#T10_x2SugarGlider_13April2013 NBox#T10_SugarGlider_26May2013

You’ll note a significant increase in insulating material the Sugar Gliders have brought in more recently reflecting the colder period being experienced now.

BLC wFrayne_BLCareNB#2013_14_PeterBrianSuzie_1ill be erecting new Communities for Nature funded nest boxes in or adjacent to all three of Baranduda Schools to help provide another environmental education program tool to students, parents and staff.  Please advise if you are interested in helping to put up a few – whatever we can locate adjoining BPS in the tree corridor near the Community Centre and School and link towards Stringybark Reserve) plus also there’s additional ones (6-8 or so) to put into Trinity – maybe in a few weekends time?

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Possum Making Do!


On May 1st 2013 Glenda Datson wrote:

At the AW Field Nats outing on Sunday, in the Stringybark block, a keen
eyed member spotted this (likely squirrel) glider making do. I am
wondering whether the entrance hole diameter is too small for squirrel
gliders (ideally 45mm dia.)? With all the new boxes in there I would have
thought it would have found more appropriate shelter in one of those. I am
aware that squirrel gliders chew out the holes of sugar glider size
entrances (35mm) to gain access but these new boxes are very well
constructed of good quality thick material so I think it would take some
time for them to chew them out. Also I am wondering whether you are
trialling boxes for occupancies based on aspect?

Glider making do

Possum vs Honeyeater

On April 1st 2013 Glenda Datson wrote:

Whilst Bernie was riding on the high country rail trail between the Whytes Rd access and Pollards Lane at 3.30pm yesterday he found a squirrel glider, which appeared perfectly healthy, on the ground being harassed by a blue faced honeyeater. He picked the glider up and put it on the trunk of an old hollow bearing tree from where it moved up a metre and stopped there.  Of course he received a bite and scratches and much blood for thanks.  We have no idea why this glider was out of its roost at this time of the day.

Wildlife of Baranduda range

Chris Lehmann wrote on 10/4/12

Tony and I had an unsuccessful swainsona search on the west side of the range this morning (about 4 hour walk).

But the critters were out in abundance!

Kangaroos (of course), Wallaby, fallow Deer (3), Goanna (!), numerous Jacky lizards, black snake, brown snake (that was posing for us), unidentified dark “blue tongue type” lizard, Tawny Frogmouth, spotted pardalotes, sacred kingfisher, black face cuckoo shrikes and a Wedge Tail Eagle soaring right in close over us … it was a wonderful morning. : )))

An amazing walk because:
* I have never seen a goanna on the range.
* and never seen 2 separate snakes on a single trip.
* also never seen deer “on” the range (evidence of, but not alive).

Possums in the Roof and Double Barred Finch

On the 14th April 2012 Juliette wrote

The night before last about 10pm I heard what sounded like a very large ‘mouse’ in our roof. Pete didn’t believe me so I bounded outside with a torch and climbed onto the table on our decking to take a look.

As I shone the torch onto the north-eastern corner of our roof, where the northern and eastern facing slopes meet down at the guttering, I heard some scrabbling and a little face squeezed out from under the roofing iron and looked up straight at me – I was less than a metre away. It was a ring-tail possum and it was transfixed by the torch and stayed still for several minutes until Pete came out of the house.

Pete brought his camera with him (he hasn’t yet downloaded the photos though) and although it was a bit shy, the possum eventually came out and walked along the gutter and finally jumped over to a nearby bush, at which stage we left it in peace.

We have a resident brush-tail that often walks down that side fence (and picks the tomatoes in my vegie patch), but we’ve never seen a ring-tail and never had one in the roof before. I was wondering if the trees knocked over for the sewerage connection near Wickham court may be causing some wandering in the local population. As I heard it in the roof again tonight I think we’re going to have to try and evict it (entice it out) and then block up the holes.

With all the trees knocked over behind the school and shop on Friday, I imagine that there will be quite a few more itinerant animals looking for homes.


P.S. On a different note, I saw a group (4 or 5) of double-barred finches and also a red-browed finch at the same side fence on Thursday, tugging at native grass stalks and flitting around. They stayed in the same spot for 5 minutes (until my son bounded into our bedroom and startled them away) and were lovely to watch.