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.
Charlie says good bye …
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 they were able to continue their hunt in peace. I’ve seen them hunt in pairs before. That’s so cool.
I saw lily pads from 3 of our 20 or so newly planted water lilies today. Planted about a month back, most. Some a week back. Plus of course, the 15 or so returnees from last year …
It’s looking to be a good pond this summer – provided those two cats are able to work undisturbed. And they are able to keep the muskrats from getting the upper hand. (They will – they are tireless, patient, dedicated – and crafty – muskrat terminators) Those damn muskrats can clear a sumptuously planted pond of vegetation – in just a month or so – quickly turning it into a crappy mud hole. If they aren’t stopped. Love those kitties …
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 especially young ones – which is all I have growing this early in the season.
We will see – whether it was geese or muskrats.
Fortunately, if it was the geese – they are easy to dissuade. Simply start descending down towards the pond – and they take off.
Have a resident heron this year too. Again. But I researched them couple years back – and they do not eat water lilies. This heron waits till I’m half way down the hill – then it flies up into the branches of the willow trees behind the pond – waiting me out.
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.
Such beauty. Click to zoom in.