JOY is a lovely firm pellet of possum poo from a very small baby. It’s all about the input and the output!
JOY is watching a nestling Tawny Frogmouth being ushered up a very great height to a nest very high in a gum tree. This baby had been found with its sibling and was rescued by a WRIN stalwart. First it was taken for a tour of Mandurang and had had afternoon tea at Sedgwick after falling from quite a height without his parachute. The sibling was very thin and unwell looking and was kept in care.
JOY is watching an echidna make it safely across the road.
JOY is catching sight of a ringtail possum very late one night near to where 2 were released near my home. MAYBE??
JOY is young gums I have planted flowering for the first time. BROWSE ON TAP.
JOY is NOT when a young, in care, possum races across the floor and scales your bare leg. Luckily I live more than a bulls roar from my neighbours.
Next time it is YOUR TURN to share those funny/special moments.
Ed. note : all attempts should be made to return non-fledged birds to their nests, it is always in the best interest of the bird to attempt to replace them rather than artificially raise for our own ego. Frogmouths are one of the species that can almost always be successfully left with parents even when an artificial nest has to be constructed close by. Of course the bird has to be checked for injuries and pronounced perfectly well then monitored for a few nights to ensure parents are still carrying out their parental duties. We have found that most of the people who call regarding the displaced bird are more than happy to either construct a nest then monitor or assist with construction then monitor, the birds often become their special projects and great pride is felt when the job has been successful. A successful artificial nest can be simple to make. First make sure the parent birds are not too far away and are curiously watching you as well as their chick. Choose a branch that is relatively high in the tree but easily accessible to the nest builders. Bird wire or other easily manipulated suitable wire can be moulded into a largish dish shaped nest which is securely attached to the branch in a position which will provide protection from direct rain or strong winds, it needs to be big enough that if the chick moves it won’t fall over the edge as it has done with mum and dads 4 stick job. The wire dish then needs to be thoroughly and thickly covered with suitable ‘bedding’. this can be sticks and thick leaf litter, enough that the wire or litter can’t become a problem for the bird. When you think the nest is good enough, place the chick in the centre, quickly back off and watch the parents from a good distance, they will rarely come to the chick during the day but need to know where it is. The new nest then must be watched to ensure the chick doesn’t wander too close to the edge and that close to or after dark the parents will accept the new situation and feed their baby. This monitoring sometimes needs to continue for several nights.