Counting critters 2

Counting critters can be a bit of a challenge. I do it twice a year, usually before the spring and autumn baitings. The track can change a lot in 6 months. Just finding the track can be tricky enough with 2 seasons of growth, windfalls and my dodgy memory, it can take a bit of searching to locate the tracking tunnels.

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Supplejack, windfall and a whole lot of seedlings encouraged by a hole in the canopy.

With the pests removed, the plants grow unmolested and some tracking tunnels disappear in the undergrowth.

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Then there are windfalls that knock tags off trees and bury tunnels. I was pretty sure there was a tunnel under all these rimu branches and finally found it, squashed but salvageable.

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The cards tell a story.

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Rat.
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Mouse
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What insect was that? A weta? Doing the tango?
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What do you think was going on here?

Of 10 cards, 2 showed rats had visited, 1 had mice and most had insects. Only 1 card had all the peanut butter eaten. It was the one covered in rat prints. The last card was in a tunnel that had never had a result before in all the years I’ve been checking them. It has very unusual marks. What do you think it was?

 

4 comments

  1. No guesses?. Imagine a possum or maybe even a wallaby, too big to fit inside the tunnel, laying with one arm outstretched reaching for the prize in the middle. The peanut butter was untouched. How frustrating!

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    • Hi Patti. I track them for about a kilometer from one side of home to the other. The track was put in by a sadist following a straight line up and down a steep ridge. Lol.
      The last card is most likely a brush tail possum, but could be a wallaby or feral cat reaching in with one searching paw. It was unsuccessful though, the peanut butter was untouched.

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