They live!!!!

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Jerseyj, Feb 19, 2008.

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    Jerseyj Guest

    A couple of months ago our pond was visited by a great blue heron...we
    tried to chase him (her ?) away to no avail, just kept coming back.
    After he finally left, there were no fish in site other then a couple he
    managed to stab with his beak and kill but not extract to eat.

    About a month ago I had to go in to the pond with my fish
    in site.

    Yesterday, was a stunningly warm day (set a new record here in Newark,
    Delaware of 72F!) so out I went again to get some leaves out that had
    gotten into the pond, remove a dead frog, and some general maint.
    work....lo and behold my wife lets out a yelp of joy as 3 fish showed up!

    Probably not good that I disturbed them, but we're so thankful that at
    least some of our stock survived!

    Jerseyj, Feb 19, 2008
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  2. Nice to hear they have made it!

    Phyllis and Jim, Feb 19, 2008
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    DrDave Innovator Moderator

    Aug 29, 2007
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    Fallbrook, Ca USA
    This is common. The fish are so gun shy after being attacked, they hide for months. I once gave up on all 21 of the goldfish I had after an attack only to discover several months later that most survived and were hidden well.
    DrDave, Feb 19, 2008
  4. Your lucky,
    Since Jan 1st, I have been visited several times by a great blue. Yesterday
    I found him with two fish, despite my fishing line strung across the pond. I
    hope the rest are hunkered down in the deep end. I guess I have to switch to
    plan "b".
    Rich K southeast,pa
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    Richard Knowlton, Feb 19, 2008
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    DrDave Innovator Moderator

    Aug 29, 2007
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    Fallbrook, Ca USA
    So why don't you try to end it's power over your pond? Defend your fish and terminate the intruder! Your fish have as much right to live as the predator. Only you have the power to alter the future. If you are not willing to defend them, then you have no right to complain...
    DrDave, Feb 20, 2008
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    Kurt Guest

    Provided they have a place to hide, fish have the instinct to avoid
    these predators. Mine stayed at bottom of ponds for weeks after the
    heron visited. I initially thought only a couple fish were left. Turns
    out that darn near all of them survived.
    Kurt, Feb 25, 2008
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    shikkaba Not Just Another Number

    Mar 14, 2008
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    Do you use a net on your pond? I know we're getting one for ours to keep the heron from our koi.
    shikkaba, Mar 14, 2008
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