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    Filter mats

    Yeah, the biofall mats do get pretty disgusting, but as long as the water flow isn't hampered I just leave them alone.
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    Filter mats

    I clean the filter pads in my skimmers on a regular basis (weekly or as needed depending on current pond conditions) but I only take the mats & bags of bioballs out & clean them once a year. (Either in late fall/early winter then leave everything in storage until spring, or early in the spring)
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    Post your yard and pond visitors

    Yoga duck!!! :LOL:
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    Eggs?

    I'm not sure where you're located, but those look like wood frog eggs to me. If that's in fact what they are, you don't have to worry. They'll move out of the pond as soon as they finish developing.
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    Eggs?

    Definitely frogs! you can see the developing tadpoles inside. I'm with Addy - let them stay!
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    Slide Show of wildlife images

    That was wonderful! Thank you.
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    Nature & Wildlife Thread

    We get a few cowbirds here & I agree with you - I don't like them because of the whole 'lazy nesting' thing. But we do have many, many other types of birds in & around the area that also reproduce successfully, so I guess they have found a balance.
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    Nature & Wildlife Thread

    Does the film make the window reflective on the birds' side? If so, they might be pecking at themselves (birds will 'fight' their reflection during nesting season because they think it's a rival bird)
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    Whatcha doing today?

    My husband works (approximately) 2 weeks per month in Chicago, and the rest from home here in NC. He was scheduled to be up there until the end of the week, but in light of recent (and impending) travel restrictions, he changed his flight & came home today. His words, describing O'Hare...
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    Two questions about spring and new ponds

    I use an all season food, so I don't have to switch, but I believe that the bags of food will give recommendations as to the appropriate water temp each should be fed at. The biggest problem I have regarding pollen is when the Oak trees start dumping & turn my water a lovely shade of brown...
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    Nature & Wildlife Thread

    Thanks. The one nice thing about how many we get is that the tadpoles are GREAT at eating up algae & other debris in the pond. I refer to them as the 'clean up crew'. Plus you can get a tadpole pedicure! :ROFLMAO: Pic from last year:
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    Nature & Wildlife Thread

    Toad time is in full swing here. The pond looks like a mucky swamp, between the hundreds of toads stirring up sediment, as well as adding copious amounts of... ummm..... 'organic material' to the mix. It's been two full days. I hope they're winding down at this point so I can cross 'dump...
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    An exciting discovery!

    I agree with this. When I lived in the Chicago suburbs we saw tons of wildlife. Coyotes & foxes trotting down the sidewalks during the day. Raccoons, opossums, and skunks wandering through the tiny suburban yards & living under sheds or in the storm sewers. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks...
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    Whatcha doing today?

    Honestly, I think I dislike the Oak pollen chains even more than the leaves. When they start dropping there is no way to get them out fast enough to keep the water from being stained like a nice cup of Earl Grey. Not to mention that nice coating of yellow 'dust' all over everything in & out of...
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    Whatcha doing today?

    This only works if you don't live in the middle of the woods. :oops: I have an entire forest of trees (many oaks) that, when the wind gets to blowing, send them down into the pond. It's a fight I can't win, so I don't let it bother me & simply learned to love the little chore of 'leaf...
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