Welcome to a wet Flock Friday!
As hinted on my personal blog, we had a heron visit our pond this week. Twice.
Here’s the heron sliding off the edge of the pond (which slopes steeply) and taking a header in the pond:
After it got out, it fluffed up most impressively:
Heron next to the pond:
It flew over to below the pond deck, and one of the large koi swam up and startled it, causing it to jump back:
Heron eat fish (and frogs and such), but I think the big koi are way too big for it to tackle. I didn’t see it catch anything; the smaller fish were wise enough to stay hidden.
Here it is flying above the pond:
The following night, a rat or similar rodent was spotted near the duck house, with the ducks warily eyeing it:
Here’s a shot of the ducks that kinda shows the delightful green iridescence of the cayuga duck:
Ducks on the ramp:
A few days later, hey look, the heron is back:
In the pond:
Heron startled by a koi again:
Heron flying to the duck house:
Like an ornament on the duck house roof:
Those big koi are bullies; here’s one chasing the ducks, while another eats their mealworm treats:
Ducks from inside house:
On to the chickens. Here’s Buffy, one of the older girls:
Mo, starting to molt:
And some pics of the young chickens: