Good report. Was out with Jon today. He wanted to come out escape the city most likely. So I decided that we were going to put 10 more A24 traps out there. These are for rats and stoats and automatic. They had to go down towards the sign to river. That is another of my island locations. There are always bellbirds and fantails. So they need protection.
As we walk down along the walkway just before the coalmine suddenly the phone starts pinging! Hey that must be the traps we put up there back in December. There were 25 of them. I check and it shows new kills. On we go and every few 50 metres or so it pings. Could not believe it and each time it showed kills. Kills, Kills, Kills. I was ecstatic! And Jon was astonished.
Anyway would you believe it in the end it amounted to 36 kills. Rats I have to assume for lack of bodies. But anything that gets killed is good. Could be stoats, mice even or hedgehogs. But the hedgehogs I usually see fallen out of the traps. Just shows what happens in a few weeks. I did check these traps back in January. Quite a long time but they just keep on working and killing. And that is the good thing about these traps. I do not have to check them all that often. That is what we did down in Fiordland. There are thousands of these traps doing their work all year round. And only every six months somebody goes in and puts fresh lure into and replaces the gas.
But then we got to the sign and we go to an old station for possum. Trap 15. There we put up our first new A12, number A33. Then we measure the distance with a rope. Around 30 metres and we put another trap in. A34 and so on in fact then along Embankment. A35 and A36. After that there is a high cliff and no space for traps. You can all see it on the map.
Back up to the walkway again and close to sign we put trap A37. Then on up the hill and every 30 metres again a new trap A38, A39, A40 and A41. So that was our 10 traps and from there we make our way back home via lookout point and Northern Line. Nothing at all. No possum at all. But we rebait some of them and maybe Charlie Brown will come again and check them. That took about five hours. Christine no happy. Too long. But a job needs to be done! The birdies need protection. And we saw many many fantails. Each time we put up a trap one or two fantails would fly around all very excited and happy.
I have day off tomorrow and then we have peeps for a few days.