Sunday, June 28, 2015

Why Does A Nestbox Lid Have a Metal Edge?

Three nestboxes for owls from Hollow Log Homes

Why do the lids have a metal edge?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Enriching Habitat

As well as ten nest-boxes for owls, we have put up fourteen boxes for other hollow nesting birds and animals. About 20% of Australian wildlife are Obligate Hollow Users, meaning they don't nest or breed if they don't have hollows.

Owlet Nightjar in Existing Nestbox
Locally, among the birds, we have 6 owl species using nest hollows - boobook owls, barn owls, masked owls, sooty owls, barking owls and powerful owls. Of the parrots we have rosellas, rainbow lorikeets, scaly-breasted lorikeets,  Australian king parrots, yellow-tailed black cockatoos. We do also have white cockatoos and pink-and-grey galahs, both of which may be relative newcomers, but have made themselves at home in the Byron Shire. Then, still among the birds, there are kookaburras, kingfishers, wood ducks, owlet nightjars and pardalotes.

Family of gliders in Existing Nest-box
Mammal species using hollows are mostly nocturnal and include possums and gliders, carnivorous marsupials, micro-bats and rats.

This type of ants normally glue two large leaves together to make their nest.
Insects using hollows include Australian stingless bees as well as feral European honey bees, and ants.

These more common ants may be evicted if I have my way. 
Some of the places where we installed nest-boxes already had some, and these were added to the monitoring program. We decided to start the monitoring program with a baseline interior shot. Four of the boxes added to the program were occupied, see the photos for their occupants.