Saturday, August 17, 2013
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).
|Cardinal Meadow Hawk Dragonfly|
|Common Whitetail Dragonfly|
Pontederia cordata L.
|Narrowleaf Bur-Reed |
Sparganium angustifolium Michx.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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|