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 had to take some pics, and put em here.
Muskrat signs on the pond bottom – first of the season. The fresh tan dirt on the normally dark bottom, indicates a muskrat has been holing out my bank nearby.
I found the hole – after 10 minutes or so of searching – had to bend up a pole to find it. It was narrower than others I’ve found.
So I grabbed a rusting #110 trap, set it, and placed it over the hole. A stick helps keep it upright. And a stake through the ring chained to the trap keeps everything from being carted away by other animals, or an animal wounded in the trap. I think it’s usually fatal though.
I hope it hasn’t already eaten the water lily bulbs I put in earlier this spring.
They showed up a few days ago. On the heels of the receding pond ice. Wonder if they’re the same pair that visited last spring? Or the spring before that? After a week or so, she disappears. Then sometime later, don’t remember how long, the drake follows. The pics below, taken today, show the drake in the pond, with the female (dame?) standing on the end of the dock. In one pic, there’s even a shot of a drake on the back deck. Click a pic to slide through em.
Spring … the promise of summer, encased in mud and snow. Some pics of the pond (and mud, and snow, and ice). The animal tracks made on the snow that had covered the ice that covered the pond for the last two months … well, during the last couple warm days, that snow merged into the melting ice, and then refroze last night and today, into a rather intriguing pattern made all out of pond ice.
And a gallery of pics, showing all – click and see …