This is my goldfish pond. The plants are coming back to life after a long winter’s nap:
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:
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:
Male European 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:
An American Robin in our waterfall stream:
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
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.
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!
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.
The first lone water lily leaf has reached the surface of the pond!
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.