Pond full of feathers!

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    mingus2112

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    So I go out in the rain to check my ponds when I got home last night. Back pond has a crazy algae problem right now and the front pond's hoses need to be replaced (they won't stay on the pump even with a clamp). I get there around 2am and the front pond is filled with FEATHERS. At first I thought it was fish fin parts. Counted my fish. . .all there. . .both ponds. But the pond was filled with feathers. White feathers with dark spots on them. Longest one about 2" long. I tried to take some pictures, but couldn't really get any that actually looked like what i was looking at.

    SO STRANGE!
     
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    DrDave Innovator Moderator

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    Maybe your Koi beat the feathers off a predator?
     
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    You know, as silly as that sounds (to me anyway), that's the only thing i could think of! It really looks like they fought back or something!
     
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    Maybe you have a hero on your hands a bird was lurking to snatch up your fish until a cat snuck up on the bird survival of the fittest You have yourself a whole food chain thing going on there hahaha....
     
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    Or a bird of prey snatched another bird and if you have branches over your tree, it could have plucked feathers away to get to meat.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    lol jamieb thread from 2009.............
     
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    We have eagles land in a pine tree about 20' from our house and 40' from the pond. They perch up there to eat ducks and fish. We'll go outside and about once a week, it's raining feathers. I often use a net to remove 50 or more small feathers from my pond. Sometimes it looks like someone broke a feather pillow outside!
     
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    Sounds like a bird fought with something...
     
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    I’m just going through reading any post that catches my eye. My first thought was a molting bird, but guessing they would know about that chance, and a pond full of feathers would be an awful big bird loosing an awful lot of feathers... so.
     
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    Even if a thread is old it can contain good information. Raccoons wash their food, anyone who has chickens will tell you they love a bird meal.
     
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    Weasels prefer ducks. And I’m sure the one that got all our ducks had one heck of a story, cause it tried for my goose too, but let’s just say my goose was a lot bigger, meaner, and was alive the next morning. Old George goose had a bite mark on his neck, and evidence of a fight in the pen.
     
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    This. Mourning doves love my pond are always drinking from it. A cooper's hawk knows this too. A few times a year we find, what looks like an explosion of feathers near the pond. Not necessarily in the pond, but close enough. Coopers hawks love them some doves so I would agree with this....
     
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