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#479961 - 09/15/17 07:59 AM Whats Next when it comes to wildlife at the pond?
TGW1 Offline


Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2138
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
This past week I found a dead and floating GBH in the pond. The wind had blown it to the shoreline and I could see something floating from a distance but as I got closer I thought what the heck? I have no idea what caused the death of the thing, other than it choking on a fish or it gouged itself with eating too many of my fish. It was not lead poisoning. There is always a GBH around the pond and there will be one soon to take up the opening slot around the pond.

And then earlier in the week I found a half eaten 15" HSB laying on the pier. My thinking was it had died of natural causes and it had been picked out of the water by a coon. The coons will walk the shoreline each night and gather up the fish that have died and float to the bank. There is most always a dead cnbg or a Tp that dies during a day of the week. And then as I walked to one of the feeders "that sets on its own pier" I herd a big splash but did not see what it was. And again the next day another big splash from under the shore based, over hanging pier. The pier makes a nice hiding place under it. Could that splash come from a big Bull Frog? Nah! Too big a splash. Could it be from a large lmb feeding on a cnbg around the feeder, yep, it could be. And then there was yesterday, as I walked to the and on the feeder pier, I saw it, another River Otter has discovered the pond. I only caught a glimpse of the thing but I have seen them before at the pond. Damm it! I don't have time to fool with trapping again, I have wildlife food plots going in this week. One more thing to note, I have always looked for otter scat when I suspect otters, but I have seen no scat and that is one of the reasons I was slow to figure it out this time. So, I boiled and dyed the Conibar traps yesterday and will set some traps today. So, What's next at the pond?


Edited by TGW1 (09/15/17 08:17 AM)
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#479973 - 09/15/17 11:36 AM Re: Whats Next when it comes to wildlife at the pond? [Re: TGW1]
N.TexasHalfAcre Offline


Registered: 02/07/17
Posts: 155
Loc: North Texas
Our Great Pyrenees keeps most wildlife run off from our pond, but we had our first group of Southbound travelers last week. Thankfully they appeared to just be stopping for a break and only stayed for a few hours. Large group of 20. See attached picture.


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#479994 - 09/15/17 05:55 PM Re: Whats Next when it comes to wildlife at the pond? [Re: TGW1]
woodster Offline
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Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 114
Loc: Wi
I here ya, I just saw two Otters in one of my ponds again. We have mink, herons, snapping turtles, mergansers, eagles and osprey. All of these are OK but the two things I can't take are cormorants and otters.

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#480041 - 09/17/17 07:51 AM Re: Whats Next when it comes to wildlife at the pond? [Re: TGW1]
TGW1 Offline


Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2138
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
Woodster, I have had my battles with cormorants also. And I know the Bald Eagle is cool but after having one at my pond every day for 3 months was enough of Cool.
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Do not judge me by the politicians in my City, State or Federal Government.
Thank The Good Lord the government in Washington DC gets little done.
Outlawing guns will make a lot of us down here in the South
Outlaws and proud of it

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#480068 - 09/18/17 10:09 AM Re: Whats Next when it comes to wildlife at the pond? [Re: TGW1]
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Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 630
Loc: Texas
I saw the largest/tallest crane I have ever seen the other day.

I guesstimate he was about 5' tall judging by the fence he was standing next to.
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#480124 - 09/19/17 06:58 AM Re: Whats Next when it comes to wildlife at the pond? [Re: TGW1]
TGW1 Offline


Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2138
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
Tbar, Sandhill Crane Maybe? Or a water type crane u think?
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Thank The Good Lord the government in Washington DC gets little done.
Outlawing guns will make a lot of us down here in the South
Outlaws and proud of it

Tracy

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#480755 - 10/05/17 05:28 PM Re: Whats Next when it comes to wildlife at the pond? [Re: TGW1]
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Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 630
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: TGW1
Tbar, Sandhill Crane Maybe? Or a water type crane u think?


Dono......he was alone in the middle of the field far from water. Pretty skitch......flew off as soon as he saw me 150 yards away.
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