Guess what? Possums have returned to the under-the-balcony hidey spot after a full year's absence.
Have I mentioned this story here before? In December 2013, we had a contractor come in to replace a retaining wall in the back yard, and this involved laying down a concrete base. He put the (inherently loud) concrete mixer - you know, this type of thing:
Clearly, possums hate loud mechanic devices in close proximity, and they disappeared from that spot, although we still hear them walking on the roof and making that awful call some nights.
But lo and behold, a furry tail was spotted out the window of 31 December, and here is what we found:
Close observers of my possum pics over the years may note that the mother possum here is not the one who used to regularly feature: she had a distinctive notch out of her right ear. So this may be a new generation of possums, but its nice that they do return - eventually. And they still like to be fed.