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I put in a stream this spring, with hopes of attracting lots of birds. As the plants in the pond got bigger, most birds went to the stream for their water. Really fun to watch. I set up a bird camera to catch the action.
He is a cute one. Kinda late in the season to move them however. I have a few still braving the cold and wet weather,but I have noticed the Koi are slowing down and spending more time in their "castle" than swimming around. Sure hate when winter rolls around!
How about collecting eggs next year Mrs-Ed? The newly hatch tadpole will consider your place their home.
Bea is your pond set up with a stream, and if so does it create a lot of water movement in the pond? I know frog like stagnant water.
I have a short steam that creates a waterfall into the pond and a quiet area that is very heavy in water lettuce and hyacinth & other plants during the pond season. Had lots of croaking going on this season but never saw any eggs or tadpoles this year. I think if their were any the Koi enjoyed them. I do have new visiters all the time. Some stay and others move on. Penquins would be fun!
Mrs_Ed I love the pictures of the birds next to your stream. I do not think I have ever seen the blue bird. Is that a Blue Jay? Also I love your stream. If you can would you post a picture of the entire thing for us to look at? How big is it and how did you build it? It is still just a thought in my head right now but I very much want to make one in my yard. And I already know that my DH will not be too enthusiastic about it so I need to have researched it throughly. I only learned yesterday that they actrually sell fake rocks!!! They also had instructions for building a fake cave which I thought was totally awsome. One of the examples they showed is where they put fake rocks in the house to make it look like you were living in a cave. That was neat but I cannot find the pictures I saw yesterday. I will not even try that because my yard is so small. But it looked like alot of fun. Kids can also climb this fake rock.
The short version is that we dug the hole ourselves and bought liner from a local store. I had access to lots of rock and bought some smaller rock for the bottom of the pond. Although I did not buy their equipment, I believe in the Aquascape system, which lines the bottom with rock. Some debate on this, but works for me.
So, having built that pond, the next year we added the stream. Since I had use the soil from the pond hole previously dug somewhere else, I had to bring in bagged dirt to elevate the stream. We bought Atlantic Pond supply equipment, including skimmer, waterfall box, pump and checkvalve. The major problem with the two-stage approach was attaching the pond liner to the skimmer box as well as the stream liner to the pond liner. There is special silicone and tape for doing this, but it was not "fun". I'd definitely not do it this way again.
The pond is still a work in progress because I ran out of rock. But here is a picture from June.
Oh that is ivy that I have to keep trimmed. It can get carried away...lol
How many times have you planted things in a spot just to realize later that it was not a good idea and have to get rid of it, kill it or move it?
Very pretty. It is true..they will come. After seeing a few green tree frogs in our yard a few yrs ago, I added several water features hoping to increase thier numbers. Now the sound out there on summer nights is absolutely deafening lol. I hardly have to spray for bugs or anything any more on my plants the frogs do the work.
This is so true. Our frogs have always been very happy with the "flood zone" in our backyard over the years, but after I turned the area into a serious pond (deep enough to drown in, long enough to do laps) we've had all sorts of wildlife: deer, raccoons, a blue heron, mallards . . . water bugs seem to even have popped out from somewhere. They all seem to be telling their friends how nice it is at our place! Now I have a game cam set up on a tree and hopefully can get some good photos of the new visitors.
Friends of ours have a large pond like that. The pond covers well over an acre and that is part of the view they have on their front deck. They are surrounded by woods and it is just heaven up there. They are sitting on 88 acres on top of one of the hills here - we live in the valley, which is quite different from their top of the hill. I love it up there at my friends' house. One thing she did was to hang a number of hummingbird feeders from her front porch. The hummers come in droves and they are so much fun to watch.
Jenniealice - your place sounds like heaven too. Please post pictures soon.
That title reminded me of the experience I had with a small plastic pool. It was only about 6' in diameter, and I made no provision for aeration, filtration, or even circulation. The thing is, like your setup, my little pool attracted all kind of creatures, but mostly invertebrates. Sure, I had visits from raccoons, but I was surprised at the unidentifiable creatures that found a home there. One in particular looked like an aquatic potato bug, and there were many of them. Where they came from or what they were, I never found out. There were also wasps and dragon flies. What else? Well, I can't remember now, but I know I was upset when I was made to get rid of all my ponds because of fear of West Nile Valley disease, or whatever you call it.
When In lived in Sebastopol, I would occasionally see little, one-inch toads hopping around, or even climbing. I caught some of them (they didn't move very fast) but eventually let them go. The selection of toads you can buy is quite limited, but if I could find those little rascals again, I'd sure be a customer. Incidentally, do all frogs croak? If so, I'll have to stick to toads. They're more suitable for gardens, anyway. Oh, I just noticed: that should have been "get rid of," not "get ready".
When I was a girl I lived across from prime frog territory. One morning we got up and looked outside to determine what what is going on. There were little green toads (frogs?) every where. There was quite literally no way to walk without stepping on them there were so many. There must have been hundreds of them. Someone told me they were tree frogs but honestly I do know what kind they were. I do know that I shall never forget the experience.
I have heard that in tornadoes frogs can be picked up in one area and be 'rained' down on another. A possible explanation of the old testament about the frog plague. Either way, how long before the frogs disappeared. Otherwise how could you go outside. euwwwww.
The legs...lol Daddy would go down and catch a bunch and clean them up so mom could fry the legs. At first I was, oh no I ain't eating that. But soon I tried them again and they were not bad.
Need I say we lived in the boonies...lol
If you saw how many frogs were in that pond, you would not say that.
We use to swim in to, there were frogs everywhere. It was funny, some of the larger tadpoles would play dead floating on top of the water until you got close to them and then they would swim away. You would feel them going all around your legs.
Frogs frogs everywhere...lol
I highly recommend setting up a game camera at your pond -- it's been so much fun seeing what shows up. Today, working out next to the pond a female mallard flew over wanting to land (I didn't do very well blending into the scenery) and decided not to. As per request, here's a photo of my pond. It's brown from runoff --we've had record rains, but it clears up after a little while. Next steps are to run electricity out, setup a waterfall, put in more plants (that my ducks don't devour) and a wall of hedges across where the bench is to enclose the area. I've been amending the water with lime to try to get a little more growth and it's been working, but now aeration is needed. We'll see how things progress!
By the way from left to right are Hal, Early, and Baby my very spoiled house ducks (the pond is just a daily field trip).
Nope, no liner. We tried that at first, but not only was it hideous, there was so much water coming in through the ground that the "big fill" in winter pushed the liner up to the surface. However, with our soil and the fluctuation in groundwater, summertime we have a much lower water level in the pond. I think this year we might amend a few times with ordered water. I've added gobs of Bentonite, but I think it either requires much more or it's not really helping.
A note on ducks: these little guys are wonderful, but they are house ducks because of a tragedy with our previous ducks. No matter how safe you think the place is where you keep them, reinforce it even more. Predators are bound and determined with ducks. Most people don't know that ducks can live close to 20 years -- they don't know this because it's unheard of for ducks to die of old age: people don't protect them well enough. If I left these guys out for one night (which I NEVER would) they'd be goners by morning. They are the sweetest creatures--affectionate like dogs and cats, and incredibly intelligent and emotional. I hatched mine from eggs.
no they do not mate for life though having domesticated and imprinted ducks does "mess" with the natural order of things. Ducks can get very depressed when separated from their loved ones. 3 is the perfect number for me in my current situation--when I travel out of town every week for allergy injections I'm gone overnight so I bring 1 of 3 with me while the other two keep each other company and are cared for by my boyfriend. I have them on rotation each week so each duck gets a little one-on-one time with me for a night and a day. I couldn't imagine only having one duck--they would be so lonely if I went anywhere without them, it would be cruel.
This is a really good site about imprinted ducks (and geese) and keeping them at home: http://www.thegoosesmother.com/
I'd like it if my ducks and the 2 wild mallards could be friends, though I don't believe my ducks know that they too, are actually ducks.
Mableruth of boilbrook-I live in Deer Park (near barrington) and we have bluejays. You have to provide the right food and all year round consistantly to get them to hang about. It took a few years for me to encourage bluejays to stay here. I have 3-4 pairs on my acre now all year round after three years of "encouragement". I also have a lot of evergreen type trees for them to nest in and for protection.