While we don't exactly live next to a wildlife corridor, we do live next to a bird corridor. Conveniently there is a wide road and a low building near the High Rise and they are in a direct line between the lake in the Botanic Gardens and Albert Park Lake and Port Phillip Bay, so the birds use this as their commuter path.
Just off the top of my head, we have seen gulls, ducks, cockatoos, galahs, Indian mynas, mudlarks, magpies, pelicans, swans and probably more. The latter two fly very high, so they are not really using the corridor.
What we are seeing a lot of lately are bats. Fruit bats, that is, or flying foxes. Melbourne used to be too cold and dry for the likes of the Grey Headed Flying Fox, but our city has become a humid heat sink with only a very rare frost, so the climate became more agreeable to the bats in the 1990s and instead of just visiting, they started to roost all year round. By 2003 there were 20,000 of them in our Royal Botanic Gardens and they were doing untold damage to the trees in the gardens. I remember when we used to see them flying around at night not long after we moved to the Highrise.
Enough, said the Botanic Gardens folk. With the banging of pots and pans and amplified music, they drove them up the Yarra River to Kew and Ivanhoe.
But guess what? The bats are back, from my external observations anyway. We see several every night fly past.
It is certainly not a sterile environment up here in the clouds. We get moths, flies, blow flies, butterflies but never mosquitoes. Then there was the 2003 ant invasion when they discovered my hair removal wax, but not seen a single one since. No mice or cockroaches or possums. A bird did land on the balcony once and hopped in the open door and then hopped out again. The only time we see spiders is when they come in through an open window at night and it is not often.
This little bug visited and hung around for a couple of days. I have never seen anything like it before and I have no idea what it might be. The closest thing I can think of is a christmas beetle. Click to see it bigger. It is quite pretty.