As followers of this blog will know, I often like to do a bit of a wander around the place at night with a spotlight. Lately, the night wanders have been pretty brief. I'm not too keen to move far from the fire when the thermometer is hovering around zero.
However, the chilly conditions don't seem to prevent the nocturnal residents in the garden from being active. They of course are well adapted, whereas I have to light a fire!
My brief outdoor venture last night produced two nice sightings. The first was this Sugar Glider in a Bushy Yate just by the wood heap...
I'm always impressed with their seemingly inordinately large bushy tail. I'm guessing it might have a role to play during a 'glide' session. (Now there's a photo to lust for).
My second sighting last night was a first for me around here. I'd finished with the glider and was walking back to the house and a brief flutter of wings from a nearby garden bed alerted me to this wonderful little Owlet Nightjar...
Recently I'd erected a couple of small roosting boxes supposedly to suit these little birds. I wonder did they do the trick? I'll have to make an effort to monitor the boxes a bit more closely at dawn and dusk, to try and confirm they are using them. Yes, I'll just HAVE to.