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Bird watching at my backyard goldfish pond – Another nature study

This is my goldfish pond. The plants are coming back to life after a long winter’s nap:

My backyard goldfish pond

The birds in my neighborhood come often for a drink or a bath. I sat outside yesterday with our dinky digital camera and tried to get some pictures:

Mourning Dove:

Mourning Dove at my goldfish pond

This is some variety of Ring-Necked Dove. They are not indigenous here. I figure some escaped from an aviary and set up a population:

Ringnecked Dove at my goldfish pond

Male European House Sparrow:

Male House Sparrow

Two male Great Tailed Grackles. One is trying to get the other to play “who is more macho”. Whoever can stretch his neck the highest wins:

Two male Great Tailed Grackles

An American Robin in our waterfall stream:

American Robin

I noticed this grackle going around my pond and pulling out seed pods. These seed pods blow out of trees and travel pretty far like helicopters. She must be using them for nesting material. She came back several times to gather more:

Great Tailed Grackle cleans my goldfish pond

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There is a rainstorm on top of my backyard goldfish pond right now

There is a rainstorm on top of my house right now. I just took a video through the screen of our screenroom:

You might be able to see that we finally have some lily leaves growing this season, too.

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My goldfish, Robin, just got promoted to Batman! We have a new baby goldfish we’ve named Robin!

We found a new baby goldfish in our pond just now. He is itsy bitsy! We love to find new baby fish in the pond.

After they are hatched, they hide between rocks until they are bigger than my biggest fish’s mouth. Once they are bigger than Ilsa’s mouth, they come out of their hiding place.

When our fish are babies, they tend to hang out with each other. We took to calling the youngest baby “Robin” and the next oldest baby “Batman”. Each time we notice a brand new teensy baby fish, the previous youngest baby gets promoted to Batman.

Silly, I know. But, it just makes it fun for my hubby and me to watch our fish. Most of our goldfish turn orange and we can never tell them apart again. When they are babies we get to watch them grow up.

Welcome to the family, Robin!

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My goldfish pond looks naked. There are no plants growing yet.

This is the very beginning of Spring. The snow and ice has melted, and things are just barely starting to grow.

The lily plants are just starting to send up shoots from the bottom of the pond. In a few months our pond will be covered with lily plants and flowers!

I’m planning on documenting the growth of the plants periodically throughout the season.

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First water lily leaf of Spring! My fishpond plants are starting to grow!

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The first lone water lily leaf has reached the surface of the pond!

First water lily leaf of Spring!

The pond still looks pretty naked so far. But, soon, my entire backyard will be green, including the pond plants floating on the surface of the water.

As soon as there are plants, my fish will start spawning and laying eggs in the midst of the foliage. The eggs are as big as the point of a pencil. Some eggs will get eaten by other fish, but some eggs will become new babies by the end of spring.

We have two little black goldfish that were born last spring. We just noticed them two weeks ago. New baby fish have to hide between rocks until they are big enough so that the other goldfish do not eat them. Then, the fist time we see them — surprise! The are an inch or an inch and a half long.

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My hubby and I have additions to our family: Two baby koi fish.

So far, we have only had goldfish in our pond in the backyard. We decided to get a couple of new baby koi fish to give the pond some variety. They are only about three inches long right now:

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Aren’t they cute?

We’ve been thinking of names for them. One has stripes, so I was thinking of Tiger. Then again, they both have "red hair", so I was thinking of Shaun White and Carrot Top, two famous redheads. I still haven’t decided…

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That great blue heron is never going to eat my fish again!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron who ate a third of my fish before I caught him in the act

First nice day of the year, so….Time to clean the goldfish pond!

My hubby just finished cleaning the fishpond for the beginning of the new season. Each winter it gets all yucky. Then the first nice day of spring my hubby takes the filter apart and cleans everything.

All winter, we have had the pond covered with a floating net made for that purpose. It was to keep the heron from eating any more of my fish… ( I am having mixed feelings about the magnificent Great Blue Heron that’s been visiting our goldfish pond… )

Rick the Grandpa Goldfish

This is a Picture of Rick. He is one of the casualties…

The fish who are left are waking up, too. All winter they kind of float on the bottom of the pond in a state of suspended animation. They don’t eat all winter long, either.

Now, though, they are swimming around near the surface. I even say one boy fish chasing after a girl fish….. and that means more babies!

We have lots of room for babies since the Great Blue Heron ate a third of my fish. But, it will be the last time!

 This is our new fish hiding place. I found it in a heating and cooling supply house. It is called a Multifit Wye. It is a fitting for heating and cooling ducts. It is now laying at the bottom of the pond.

I had originally bought a thingy called a Koi Kastle, but it was flimsy plastic, and way too expensive. I returned it. Read about it here: The squeaky wheel pays no return shipping charges

Here is a picture of my new goldfish hiding place from Great Blue Herons. When it warms up, my hubby is going to cover the wye with rocks so it will blend in with the bottom of the pond:

Multifit Wye - The place for my goldfish to hide from the Great Blue Heron

Multifit Wye from General Plastics - The new place for my goldfish to hide from the Great Blue Heron

It is about two and a half feet long with an eight inch opening and two six inch openings. I have been trying to brainstorm up a place where my goldfish can hide so that big bird can’t get to them. Otherwise, they are sitting ducks.

Woohoo. My babies are safe now! I’m happy!

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