I'm continually amazed at the variety of wildlife in my garden. Today, I grabbed my camera and went for a critter walk. The pond is always a good starting place to spot wildlife. My favorite frog (above) was hiding coyly behind some sedum at the water's edge. He is my favorite because of his bright green and yellow coloring. The other frog is paler looking ... but I like him, too. They are entertaining, especially when they fight.
I peered into the water looking for fish, and I was glad to see a large snail attached to the side of the pond. His sole function in life is to eat the rapidly growing algae. This pond is located in full sun, so algae can be a problem, which the snail is doing his best to solve.
There were not many fish to be seen, but those I glimpsed are surely growing bigger!
|The fishpond is home to six koi - all named by my grandchildren.|
|I caught a glimpse of Nemo.|
I saw something move in the grass near the old pear tree in the shade garden ...
|Can you see a little gray/brown speck in the bottom right corner of the picture?|
Setting my camera on zoom, I discovered it was the tiniest, baby bunny. How cute! I purposely didn't think about the damage he could do as he gets bigger.
Nearby, in one of the many birdbaths, a catbird is splashing in the water.
A pesky chipmunk climbed into the bird feeder that H.H. attached to the garden room window. This little pest is so destructive. Earlier, I caught him in the strawberry patch holding a large, red strawberry in his paws, as he nibbled away.
|Chipmunk stealing bird seed|
I've been picking the under-ripe fruit before he eats all of them.
As I looked around the kitchen garden, where I recently finished planting vegetables using the square-foot method, I must admit I got a feeling of satisfaction. Most of the seeds have germinated already. I will post about my kitchen garden soon.
While I was in the vicinity, I checked the mason-bee house that H.H. installed on the back of my potting shed. No bees yet, but we keep hoping!
There was noise coming from the bird condo. The condo is intended for purple martins, but it is currently occupied by several tree swallows and a pair of bluebirds.
|There is a tree swallow on the bottom rail and a bluebird on the roof.|
Back in the birdbath, this robin seemed very angry. I think he was upset because the catbird splashed out most of the water.
|Barn Swallow Nest|
The barn swallow was not happy to see me there. When they have a family to protect, I am sure it will be difficult to get into the barn to feed the horse and goat. H.H. says they will swoop down at us to scare us away.
There are many more critters regularly visiting my garden. They must read the sign that says this is a Wildlife Habitat registered by the National Wildlife Federation, and in they come. I try to welcome all of them, but it is difficult sometimes. Especially when they steal the strawberries!
I hope you enjoyed taking a critter walk with me!
|Froggy comes face-to-face with a fake-frog foe.|
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