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Post by James S » Tue, 25 Jul 2000 04:00:00



In my 6.5 years of ponding I have never had a problem with Heron's.
Saturday morning I was getting ready to eat breakfast and glanced out at
the pond. WHAT is that (I thought), not having my glasses on and not
totally awake. I opened the back door and low and behold a Heron is
standing on the deck of my pond. I screamed and he flew away. After a
count of the fish,  none were missing but they were staying on the
bottom and would not come up. Later that evening at feeding time they
came back to the top and ate. Sunday morning my youngest son came up
stairs saying Dad there is a cool looking bird at the pond, Oh No, Not
again. all fish still there but its time to train the dog to hate this
bird. I was able to train him to chase the rabbits, squirrels and rats
so why not Herons.

--
James S.
http://www.snowhill.com/~wrsjks/

 
 
 

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Post by James S » Tue, 25 Jul 2000 04:00:00


After a study of the bird that was invading my water Garden he ended up
being a Great Egret. He was 3' tall and i would guess to say a wing spread
of aprox 5'
I found pic of him here.
http://www.nature-wildlife.com/egret0.html

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> James S.
> http://www.snowhill.com/~wrsjks/

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Post by Elizabeth Lo » Tue, 25 Jul 2000 04:00:00



writes:

Quote:
>After a study of the bird that was invading my water garden he ended up
>being a Great Egret. He was 3' tall and i would guess to say a wing spread
>of aprox 5'
>I found pic of him here.
>http://www.nature-wildlife.com/egret0.html

That's the same kind of bird I get. I have a pic on one of my pages, taken from
the dining room window.
http://hometown.aol.com/elizabethlott63/myhomepage/huntfish.html
We haven't seen him lately, the fishing must be good elsewhere.
elizabeth

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Post by Cind » Wed, 26 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Better get that dog in training!!!  

Funny I was just looking at that same bird on someones web site yesterday.
They must be amazing to see in flight with that big of a wingspan.  It's a
shame they don't just come for a peaceful lil visit and then leave.  They are
kinda cool looking.

Hope he doesn't get any of your fish before he finds a new place to hang out.
       })i({  Cindy  })i({

  If you think the grass is
 greener on the other side,
        get fertilizer!!!
              : )
    Live, Love, Laugh!!!

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Post by James S » Wed, 26 Jul 2000 04:00:00


I figured out a simple way to scare him off and it worked.
My son had some little pull string fireworks called poppers, they have a string on
each end and when you pull they pop. The only place this bird had to land was the
deck so i rigged up about a dozen of these across the deck about 6" high. tied them
up with fishing string. When the bird landed he tripped the string and pop. also
had some on strings running to the house so we could pull them from the house. It
worked so far. He visited monday tripped 3 poppers and flew off like a jet. He has
not been back yet. That's a good thing as i really did not want to hurt him.(G).

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> Better get that dog in training!!!

> Funny I was just looking at that same bird on someones web site yesterday.
> They must be amazing to see in flight with that big of a wingspan.  It's a
> shame they don't just come for a peaceful lil visit and then leave.  They are
> kinda cool looking.

> Hope he doesn't get any of your fish before he finds a new place to hang out.
>        })i({  Cindy  })i({

>   If you think the grass is
>  greener on the other side,
>         get fertilizer!!!
>               : )
>     Live, Love, Laugh!!!

> Don't lose sight of lifes simple treasures, they cost nothing yet are priceless

--
James S.
 
 
 

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Post by Cind » Wed, 26 Jul 2000 04:00:00


I sure hope you got to enjoy the show!!!  That would have been a shame to
miss!!!
Poooooooor birdie!!!  : )

       })i({  Cindy  })i({

  If you think the grass is
 greener on the other side,
        get fertilizer!!!
              : )
    Live, Love, Laugh!!!

Don't lose sight of lifes simple treasures, they cost nothing yet are priceless

 
 
 

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Post by dr-s.. » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00


ok.. my pond is almost done.  So my backyard is a total of 25 x 25 and I am
wondering how small is toooooo small for a heron to visit?  On either side
are houses and at the back is a garage.  So how small and/or open are the
yards of those been hit by herons?  BTW,  The Pond Lady actually has a
great blue  walking into her pond greenhouses now and picking off frogs!
She has also lost a couple of koi (not happy at all), but she wont use
nylon thread cause it might break birds wings.  She is a wildlife rehabber
and had people bring the birds to her.  
 Ingrid
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

List Manager: Puregold Goldfish List
for care of goldfish go to http://puregold.aquaria.net/
Solve the problem, dont waste energy finding who's to blame
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Post by K30 » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Hmmmm.
When the heron visited us he flew in and settled on the roof of the shed. The
second time he was perched on the wooden fence. From those places it was just a
hop down to the pond.

Maybe the Pond Lady could string a Fido Fence across the entry to the green
house, or where ever the heron is getting in, and stop the heron there.

k30a and the water gardening labradors
see the labradors at
http://www.daydreamergardens.com/2_level/articles/dog_how_to.htm
K30A and friends' pond information page
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html

 
 
 

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Post by EM43 » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00


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>wondering how small is toooooo small for a heron to visit?  On either side
>are houses and at the back is a garage.  So how small and/or open are the
>yards of those been hit by herons?

Ingrid, judging from my own heron experience (first time in three years), I
would say the size of the yard or pond is not as important as the view of the
pond that a heron flying overhead could get.  My pond is not particularly
large, about 8x8, and is somewhat covered by trees BUT there is enough of an
open area that a heron flying by could see the glimmer of fish in  the pond
below.

When I lost two fish (actually, one lost, another one badly injured), I didn't
know what had happened since raccoons had been the only previous problem and
the Fido Fence (at night) kept them away.

Two days after the attack, I was home when Mr. Heron (or Mrs. Heron) flew in
and perched on a tree above the pond.  It was quite an impressive site and it
solved the mystery.

I now keep FF turned on 24 hours (or unless there's a reason to turn it off and
move it, i.e. grandson, other kids, cleaning the pond, etc.)

FF did zap Mr. (or Mrs.) Heron about three days later (5:30 in the morning) and
the bird has not returned, or at least has not gotten close enough to do any
damage.

We live not far from   some open wetlands that have lots of herons and there
have been many reports in the Chicago area this year of heron attacks on ponds.

I think that if you are in an area that has a heron population and if it is
likely that herons flying overhead could see fish, the pond is a likely target.

Ed in Chicago

 
 
 

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Post by Bonnie Espenshad » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00


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> ok.. my pond is almost done.  So my backyard is a total of 25 x 25 and I am
> wondering how small is toooooo small for a heron to visit?  On either side
> are houses and at the back is a garage.  So how small and/or open are the
> yards of those been hit by herons?  BTW,  The Pond Lady actually has a
> great blue  walking into her pond greenhouses now and picking off frogs!
> She has also lost a couple of koi (not happy at all), but she wont use
> nylon thread cause it might break birds wings.  She is a wildlife rehabber
> and had people bring the birds to her.
>  Ingrid
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

> List Manager: Puregold Goldfish List
> for care of goldfish go to http://puregold.aquaria.net/
> Solve the problem, dont waste energy finding who's to blame
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When the green heron visited us, it was just there.  Did not see it arrive.
Later it was in the trees (of which there are many).  I've seen blue heron and
egrets less than a mile away.  None have chosen to visit our pond yet, even
though I have seen them fly overhead.
I may be mistaken, but I reasoned that there are many feeding areas that aren't
as close to houses and it was safer for them there.
--
Bonnie
NJ

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