If you build itů they will come!

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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.

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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

As the robins migrated through, THIS was the place to party!

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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

The birds aren't the only visitors.

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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

I'm sad to be closing it up for the winter though!

Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

Nice pic's. Next year the frogs will come!!

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Oh Beahive, you are always the frog optimist! I sure hope so though. One Toad this year, One frog the year before.

I found some little guys at my mom's creek and thought about frog-napping them!

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Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

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!

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

yah, late indeed. These were so small. like maybe the size of a half dollar or something.

I want them to arrive on their own I guess. More likely to stay maybe? Although you say yours come and goů

well there's always next year!

Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

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.

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

very cool!

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

I have a stagnate-ish corner. i also want turtles. and penguins. I want penguins!! LOL.

Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

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!

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Wow, looks great. It's amazing how much difference having a water source makes.

Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

Here you go Marna, this is the best I could do, for now. ;0)

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Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

Had this one saved on my computer . Ahhhhh!

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Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

This one is also terrific! Smile!

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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Aww, thanks!

Bolingbrook, IL(Zone 5a)

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.

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

Mrs_ED, can you take a complete picture of your stream? I would love to see how you did it.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Hi there.

Yes that is a Blue Jay. I don't get Eastern Bluebirds here in town.

My pond is about 6' x 9'. It is not very deep, at its deepest point only about 22". I use a 500 watt pond heater in the winter to keep it open for the birds as well as to let out the gasses.

I built the pond in two stages. The pond one year and the stream the next year. I can say without a doubt that this was a BAD idea.

Year one info is on my blog (reverse order): http://davesgarden.com/community/blogs/t/Mrs_Ed/11918/

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.






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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

oh Rats, that's the first year picture.

Here's June of last year, stream in progress.

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Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

Oh I like that, I could do that with my pond.
Thanks for the picture

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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Whoa, that is an adorable pond.


I am so anxious to get out there and finish it , but it's under a bunch of snow. ha.

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

I am afraid things have grown a little out of control over the years. It really needs to be redone and the plants thinned out.

Oh my I was looking up pictures to put in here.
Holy Cow, We did that pond back in 03 and our kitchen in 04.
Man time has really passed, I did not realize it was that long ago.

And the picture I could not pull up and paste here, placed in the wrong program..
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Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Marie

what is growing in front of your pond between the hostas and the Japanese Painted Fern? They look like nice creepers.

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

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?

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Many, many many many times! Ha!

It's very lush!

So our plan this year is to finish off the stream, then add a flagstone patio. We are SO backwards. But a pond was the priority for me.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Marie

that is the way it goes.

Chickenville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Fort Bragg, CA

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.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Oh, i bed that is just wonderful! I'd love to have property to do that. Some friends of my mother's mad a dam in a local ravine and have a spring-fed pond/lake now. it's amazing.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

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.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Sounds exactly like the kind of place I'd like to live!! I'd be in heaven with all the hummingbirds!

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

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.


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Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

I would think that a simple fountain pump would have kept the water moving enough to keep the Mosquitos away, but still allow for other critters.

I'm really hoping for a frog population, but I've only had a couple of stopovers by a toad and a frog.

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Mrs_Ed

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".

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

I have had several friends with farm-type ponds offer me bullfrogs. I would rather the critters find my place on their own.

Don't know about Frogs, but I know that Male toads croak to find a mate. That's what this one did. he was only here for a couple of days. Must not have had any takers.

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Bolingbrook, IL(Zone 5a)

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.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

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.

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