Backyard Pond

Discussion of backyard pond, frogs, goldfish and plants.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Late Night Visitor

It seems like its been awhile since i snapped a picture of the Owl fishing in the pond. Here he is late at night coming in for a landing on the Styrofoam. I can't tell if he has a fish in his claw so maybe the fish lucked out this night. Below is a good sized Black Bird surveying the pond. Occasionally we are visited by huge flocks of Black Birds that land and take off with a loud whoosh noise. Maybe this guy is a scout for the larger flock.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hawk Caught With Goldfish

Here's a great picture of the Hawk fishing. I suspect he saw the Goldfish from above and hit the water with his wings spread and grabbed the unlucky fish. The second picture is just seconds later where the Hawk is on the side of the pond with that poor fish firmly grasp in his right claw foot. He then flew away to enjoy his feast. This shows the Hawk is pretty good at getting though the Styrofoam and fake rock defenses.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January Hawk Visit

We enjoyed a relatively nice December with only a couple of really cold days and nights. But January came in with cold. December 31st the daytime high was 60 while January 3rd it didn't break 40 and was in the low 20s overnight. Our local neighborhood hawk didn't slow down. He seems to like the floating rocks in the pond that we use to offer some protection for the goldfish from hungry hawks. We are slowly replacing the Styrofoam pieces with the better looking floating rocks to improve appearance while still offering shelter.