Another stage in the life of a tree friend

We have a very large tree on our property and even though it isĀ  dead, it was there when we purchased the property and is almost like a friend. It provided a place to attach a bat box and for birds and bats to roost. The trunk even without bark, has an interesting texture and the size of the tree makes it a dominant feature in our bit of bush.

This tree probably has a story to tell. Someone ring-barked it but it never was felled, and it has been through a fire. In the gold era nearly all the trees were harvested within a ‘5 mile’ radius of the town, for use in mines and to fuel furnaces. This tree is probably a messmate, Eucalyptus obliqua.

A few weeks ago in one of the storms, there was a big crash and half the tree fell to the ground. The bat box survived to be reattached elsewhere.

An opportunity for firewood you may think, but after such a long life it will be left to rot down and disappear back into the soil. We still have half a habitat tree which for us, is a valuable asset.

A bat in a bottle

A few weeks ago I discovered a bat in a bottle. This was upsetting as we don’t like to think one of our actions has injured wildlife. The bottle was on an outside table and used for decoration. Who knows why the bat went into the bottle but it was still alive.

I know you are supposed to wear gloves but I warmed the bat in my hand and then relocated it to underneath a piece of bark on a tree.

It wasn’t there when I checked the next day. I have places a top on the bottle


Habitat for echidnas

echidna habitat

echidna habitat

When you clear up around your property for fire prevention, do you ever think about echidnas? Heaps of bark and leaves raked up from around the house make an ideal place for short-beaked echidnas to hide their young.

If you want to make some echidna habitat then make sure the heaps are well away from your house. Echidnas also hide their young in heaps of branches that you may have put aside for a fire heap. They also take advantage of a pile of mulch. Continue reading

To feed on not to feed

A citizen science survey conducted this month will lead to the development of bird feeding and watering guidelines. Is feeding birds a good idea? This survey will help to provide some science behind the recommendations. If you take part in this survey you will be able to access the results. Here is the link to the survey.

More Superb Fairy-wrens

As the summer has been relatively mild, some birds have continued to raise young. The latest to hatch in our garden are 3 Superb Fairy-wrens chicks.

this is an old photo as the latest family won't stay still long enough

this is an old photo of a previous family. The latestĀ  wren family won’t stay still long enough to be photographed

It takes 3 adult wrens to keep up the food supply and no insect is safe. What struck me this morning is how vulnerable the young birds are to predators as they are still learning to fly and how to balance on small branches.