Was very windy today and raining a lot just when I wanted to go out. But then it cleared a bit so I was all packed with four more traps. Their destination was Waterloo Line. There are some gaps in there where there has not been a trap for ever. Actually one is a gully just before your trap, Maureen, and then a bigger gully just after it. I had an automatic trap down there for a while but never caught anything. So removed it.
Now there I a trap T39 in the first gully and two, trap T40 and T41 in the second gully. Then I went a bit further to the old TR3 and again a redundant automatic trap. So that is T42. On the way back I re visited the traps from yesterday just to see whether they might have had a possum. But no. At least today I could use gps on phone and now all are recorded and on the map. T36, T37, T38.
On my way back I got a rat in D27. First one and then another one in A3. So two rats only. Better than nothing. So we have to see how these traps along Piccadilly and Waterloo are performing. Are there any more possums left? If nothing happens over the next month then maybe we are almost down to zero. Would that not be nice! If really there is nothing then we move the traps into a different area again and do the same. One corner and one gully after the other.
Also yesterday I saw a Kereru again. Have not seen them for a while. It was only one better than none. Read a report by some scientists and they did research on Kereru somewhere up north and they found the Kereru lay one egg per season in a nest. They monitored over a hundred nests and guess 50% of the eggs were eaten by the rats and 38% by the possums! That is shocking. Hardly any survived! Did you know they live up to 30 years!