Catching up, since last fall. The Minnows made it through the winter. They patrol the pond, and are busy breeding under the water lilies – you see ripples coming from the edges of the lily pads. Haven’t seen a blue gill yet – hmmmm. Of course, there are frogs, toads, etc. And flying birds. And snakes. And turtles. And fishing birds – Herons. The odd duck or two – they never stay. And beauty. So much so – I hadRead More
Walking down to the pond this morning, without the dogs as I got to within 80′ or so, I saw our two muskrat hunting cats (LittleShot and BigShot) peering out of the reeds blanketing the banks on the west side of the pond. They were looking my way – to see if I had the dogs with me – as Charlie will go charging into the reeds after the cats – if I don’t catch him in time. So glad theyRead More
Yowsa – went down to the pond this morning – and found 3 loose water lily pads floating. Left a message for the muskrat trapper. Then started to think a bit more – what else could do this? And the light went on, and I started googling – yeah. We had Canadian Geese on the pond yesterday. And today, water lily damage. Hmmm. And the various net gurus say – Geese love aquatic plants – including water lilies. And especiallyRead More
No Muskrats. Only cats, frogs, water lilies, bugs, ducks and birds. And two labs. Here’s some pics of the fauna. Never had any water lilies left by late Aug., in years past. Much less all of them in late Sept. And still thriving. Looking forward to next year – as the cats continue keeping the muskrats out. The water lilies will come back, stronger than ever. And we’ll put in a handful of adult bluegills – and watch as they breed, and glide between the waterRead More
I planted water lilies again, this year. Even though the muskrats cleaned us out last year – including all cattails, and most phrags. Pretty much all the pond growth, eaten away at the roots. Leaving a huge mass of dead rotting vegetation behind. I tried trapping them last year – to no avail. Got no muskrats. And they got all living plant matter in the pond. This brings me to the cats … No, not this one. That’s Boris –Read More
The 4 lilies planted earlier this week, on the west side of the pond. Shot in the morning … so flowers still closed. Shhhh … New growth’s evident. Means they’ve happily adapted to their new pond. Yahoo – I’d been looking for this. The two ducks, plastic, came with the lilies. They drifted together during the night. Hmmm.
Added 5 full size water lilies from Trickers, yesterday. Kathy n Steve had given us an Xmas gift cert for Trickers, which Jerie and I took to Trickers yesterday – and – they dug out 5 water lilies from an outdoor pond, put em in a big bag, handed them to me. Once home, I grabbed my waders and the big bag of 5 water lilies, marched down the hill, put on my waders, and spent 30 min or so coaxing them into theRead More