Monday, June 1, 2015

Sugar Gliders in Nesting Box

Late Sunday afternoon, after installing another nesting box at Jarowair and re-attaching another, Brendon decided to check out the contents of a few of the boxes in the vicinity at Jarowair. On inspecting one that was made from a hollow log, a startled young sugar glider emerged from the entry hole and scampered out onto a nearby branch. A peek inside the lid of the box showed the rest of the sugar family. He took a quick photo on the phone and closed the lid up.

Sugar Gliders inside a nesting box at Jarowair 31/05/15

The Sugar Glider Escapee



A few of the boxes were empty, but had evidence of recent inhabitants. One of our resident possums "Prince" stuck his head out of a box when he saw the unexpected visitor arriving! 

"Prince" one of our favourite old resident possums popping his head out of the box to say hello to Brendon up the ladder.

Ole "Prince" looks a little worn and is blind in one eye, but he is the sweetest nature for a male possum, very friendly and quiet.

Nesting boxes are a wonderful addition to the natural hollows we have at Jarowair. We believe without a doubt that we have had a marked increase in Gliders, both Sugar and Squirrel, since the installation of over 25+ boxes of various sizes and locations throughout our property.

J & B  

2 comments:

  1. Absolute classics! We do have possums on our block but they are seen rarely and we don't have many hollows for them to sleep in.

    I presume that you don't have Powerful Owls in the area: the one that has taken up residence in central Canberra for the last 6 months appears to dine about every second day. Given its huge territory it has got a large supply of victims.

    Martin

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    1. Hi Martin, Interesting that you should mention Powerful Owls! We had our first visit from one during the week! The possums were all making a terrible noise and Brendon went out to see what was the matter, sure enough a huge Powerful Owl on a low branch eyeing off one of the smaller possums, who went and hid between a post and the wire of the chook pen. We didn't have a camera to get a pic but had good look at the owl with the torches. Although I love Powerful Owls, I have been pleased not to have them here before as we love our gliders and possums! The Owl in question flew off empty handed, but I guess it will be back :(

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