Great Blue Problem

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Jim, May 7, 2011.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    This morning not all the food was eaten in my berm breeding pond. I
    wondered. Later, when I went out, a GBH flew away. I hope the fish
    are scared rather than gone! I will begin a southern counter stalk
    for the heron. Choice between fish and heron is not hard.
    Jim, May 7, 2011
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  2. Jim

    Jim Guest

    I have seen the bird 3 times., The berm pond seems empty. It has not
    got anything I can see from the main pond. It has got to go.
    Jim, May 7, 2011
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    ~ jan Guest

    Not sure what got to go means, and/or what your landscaping is like, but
    the threaded fishing line along the top of the fence and over the pond from
    fence to deck has kept them from coming back for a 2nd helping here.
    ~ jan
    ~ jan, May 15, 2011
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    kathy Guest

    He's a bad, bad bird. He is also federally protected.

    k :)
    kathy, May 15, 2011
  5. Yes, the federal protection is a life saver! Right now, the pond is
    empty, so he is not back. The main pond is too deep to fish in. I
    will let the upper pond be covered by plants before putting more fish
    in. I suppose I could think about motion activated sprinklers.
    Phyllis and Jim, May 15, 2011
  6. Must be the empty pond! The GBH has not come back since he tried for
    two days to get at the fish in the main pond. The berm is empty. I
    will have to think about that issue next time I put some fish up there
    to breed. Turns out that insetead of breed, they become feed.
    Phyllis and Jim, May 20, 2011
  7. Jim

    Jim Guest

    I cleaned the berm ponds today. It turns out that 3 of the 6 goldfish
    got away from the heron.
    Jim, May 25, 2011
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    Janet Guest

    I recently introduced a water lily to my pond 9made last autumn) and
    the instructions said to lower its pot to the bottom in stages. So, to
    support it I stood the pot on a stack of those lightweight perforated
    plastic trays supermarkets use to display veg. To make the stack secure I
    locked the trays together with zipties. The holes are big enough to admit
    fish (comets) and they soon adopted the stack as their den.. no predator
    can get to them. They enjoy it so much that even when the lily reaches the
    pond base I'm going to keep the fish den in there. It's black so doesn't
    show against the black liner in a couple of feet of water.

    Janet, May 28, 2011
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    JB Guest

    I bought a metal heron sculpture at a garden show this spring that I
    placed out by my pond. It's about 3 1/2 feet tall. I'd had problems with
    GBH in the past but I've not seen one near the pond since placing the
    yard art out there. I think GBHs are pretty solitary birds. Maybe they
    think that one has already staked out my pond so they go elsewhere.
    JB, May 29, 2011
  10. A sculpture is a nice idea. The only one we have is a 3' sasquatch
    our son got us for Christmas. It has not scared the heron.
    Phyllis and Jim, May 30, 2011
  11. Jim


    In message
    Sometimes the fake Heron can actually encourage a Heron to visit as
    opposed to scare one off.

    , May 30, 2011
  12. Jim


    I got a crocodile which herons cannot ignore as their winter homes have alligators.

    Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
    on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
    , May 30, 2011
  13. Crock sounds even better!
    Phyllis and Jim, May 31, 2011

  14. I wonder if Great Blue Herons can tell the difference? Anyway, I'll

    bet you have a fake alligator, as crocodiles are found in the US only

    on the southernmost part of Florida, while alligators are found

    throughout the southeast. While they look lazy and slow, they are

    capable of incredible bursts of speed, as many pet owners have found.
    Galen Hekhuis, Jun 2, 2011
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    W. Dale Guest

    Blue "chickens" are federally protected???? Dang! Maybe that is why
    they are so tough! You have to use 'em in a soup or the like, cause
    frying 'em up they are still tough!
    Well ... shoot! Protected, huh? :) :)
    W. Dale, Jun 4, 2011
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    , Jun 4, 2011
  17. Jim

    ~ jan Guest

    ~ jan, Jun 11, 2011
  18. Jim

    Jim Guest

    The heron has not come back since he cleaned out my pond. He gave up
    on the main pond as it has no place for him to get to the fish. The
    berm ponds are now covered in plants, so s/he can't see the fish to
    take them. I am guessing it takes a look from time to time.

    Problem ended for both the heron and for us.
    Jim, Jul 3, 2011
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