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
The water lilies I’d planted in spring of 2016 have come back. They survived the winter. And the muskrats. Thanks mainly to our outdoor water lovin muskrat munchin deck cats. They removed (know what I mean) all of the horrible water lily munchin muskrats early last spring – and have kept them out ever since. We planted 24 new water lilies this month as well (they’ll show up in force by mid-June) – and will be restocking fish on theRead More
Ouch … those ratty muskrats!!! Just one month ago … And now, this … So, I managed to get off one good shot Just one shot, for many many hours of hunting, sitting still, in a chair, down by the pond. Had ratty in the crosshairs, pulled the trigger, and he dived. No blood. The next day, he or another muskrat, was seen crossing the pond with a mouth full of plant matter. They are so careful. Trapping’s the onlyRead More
Corey spotted a Ruby Throated hummingbird a couple days ago. I saw my first this morning, while Jerie was feeding the outdoor cats. The hummer hovered about the feeder, warily watching the cats, one of which was quite curious – and the hummer decided not today. Later today, I’ll get something to raise that feeder a few more feet from the deck railing. And yesterday, we saw our first water lily pads. Took the pic today. Don’t know if it’s aRead More
First Time This Year – One water lily leaf is visible on the surface. Two from other plants are visible below the surface. Tomorrow, should be 3 plants with visible leaves. No sign of any live muskrats. The brown coloring in the water showed up again. Like last spring. Very wet behind the pond. It leaks, you know. From the muskrats. My my.