Saturday, August 17, 2013

Summer Update

It has been a hot, dry summer.  The pond vegetation has grown more aggressively than usual and the new growth is welcomed since vegetation is important for balance.  There were fewer dragonflies in number and species this year. Not sure what is causing the reduced numbers.  Many red-legged frog eggs appeared early followed by many tadpoles, however, fewer mature frogs than in the past were seen.  Chorus frogs were almost non-existent.   The general pond health seems very good based on vegetation, fish life and water quality measurements.  In this respect the goal of creating a naturally balanced pond seems to have been achieved five years since creation of pond (see "Pond History" and "About mountain Top Pond" above).

Photo Update

Cardinal Meadow Hawk Dragonfly

Common Whitetail Dragonfly

Pontederia cordata L. 

Narrowleaf Bur-Reed
Sparganium angustifolium Michx.

Nuphar polysepala

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lots of Frog Action

Many northern red-legged frogs (Rana aurora) this year. Since first egg cluster sighting on Feb. 8 many more clusters and lots of mating and calling action. More frogs than normal sighted this year. Attests to good habitat development.

Mating collection.  Not seen before on pond.

Red-Legged Frog egg clusters

Friday, February 8, 2013

First Red-Legged Frog Eggs For The Season

First Red-Legged Frog eggs for the year today.  Many frogs at the pond, lots of calling.  Weather dry for the year so far. Warm and mild today and for last couple weeks.

Monday, January 14, 2013