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Old Tuesday 5th April 2011, 05:37   #26
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A huge rain storm is moving through with high temperatures in the low 70's and this has brought the song of the small frogs we call spring peepers. Their song fills the valley with high pitched peeps. House sparrows have taken over all the house around the pond but it is still early for nestings.
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Old Thursday 28th April 2011, 16:40   #27
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The pond is coming alive with wildlife. Barn swallows are getting thier afternoon drinks, toads have deposited thousands off eggs around the shores, frogs both the green and bullfrog are singing at night with the toads, lots of small fish and two big canadian geese dropped in for a visit. The loud honking gave them away as the pond is 150 feet away from my house but as the honking continued I realized what it was all about. The local neighbors have once again left their huge cat out to play. A staring contest ensued and the cat came within 50 feet and left. No match for the bites of a full grown goose. Unfortunately the geese left soon after the confrontation. Still wainting for that first heron of the year to drop in.
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Old Thursday 28th April 2011, 17:32   #28
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Sounds delightfull ...wish I had one here in south Jersey!

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Old Tuesday 10th May 2011, 05:03   #29
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While canoeing in a local state park many years ago I came up to a stand of dead trees in the water. Many of them had holes in them made by woodpeckers and flying around were green tree swallows. I put up a bird house on my pond in hoping to attract the tree swallow and it actually worked. The following year a pair nested in the house. It is something to try if you want to attract a pair of tree swallows realizing though that they do like bluebird houses and will nest in houses over land.
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Old Sunday 18th March 2012, 02:01   #30
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A new year and a new duck in the pond. A lone female ring necked duck came to visit for four days, diving for food and enjoying my small pond. the male never showed up. A few days earlier a pair of mallards and a pair of wood ducks, male and female appeared a first light. The wood ducks will not stay if they see a person but the mallards were a little more tame.
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Old Sunday 18th March 2012, 02:01   #31
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Oops tha was a ringed billed duck. my bad.
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Old Wednesday 23rd May 2012, 14:29   #32
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Gary, your pond sounds great. I added a small pond with minnows for the same reason. The funniest was how many people told me that I needed to have bird netting over the pond and other similar bird deterrents, otherwise the birds would eat all of my fish. When I said that the point of the fish was to attract birds, they gave me a look as if I had grown an extra head.

Isn't it amazing how many birds come flocking to the water? I quadrupled the bird numbers in my garden overnight.
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