Sunday, June 10, 2007

Heard Our First Tree Frog in the Pond

Amazing what you can do with a little effort and a generous amount of serendipity. By connecting a 1/4" reducer to a pump output, I was able to create a spitter jet. By anchoring the jet under a bit of cement, and putting a nicely rounded stone in front of it, we were able to create a fine spray that not only aerates the water for the fish, but also looks absolutely awesome when combined with a blue light (pumps and lights together take up about as much collective energy as a ceiling fan).

Heard a single Tree Frog in the pond towards evening. Sounds like he might be using the aluminum siding to amp up his mating call. Though it's the first Gray Tree Frog we've ever heard in the pond, if his amped-up mating call is successful, it definitely won't be the last.

Wildlife Spotted this Week:

  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • Goldfinch
  • Gray Tree Frog
  • Green Frog
  • Junebug
  • Mourning Dove
  • Nuthatch
  • Robin
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Native Plants in Bloom this Week:
  • Canadian Anemone
  • Columbine
  • Harebell
  • Rue Anemone
  • Spiderwort
  • Swamp Buttercup

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