Friday, February 23, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Saturday, February 15, 2014
First frog eggs, then snow and freeze followed by thaw and eggs again.
First red-legged frog eggs of the year on Feb. 2
Very cold. Pond frozen on Feb. 4
Then 10" snow fell on Feb. 8 with temperature in the teens and twenty's.
Warmer. Pond thawing on Feb. 12
Warmer still. Pond thawed on Feb. 15
Red-legged frog egg clusters appear again on Feb. 15.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
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.