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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:21 PM
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visitor to my pond this morning

I have mallards visit every spring. I try to discourage them, as they can make quite the mess, but I'm warming up to this fellow. He isn't scared of the dogs at all, much to Bentley's surprise, ha, ha. He doesn't make as much of a mess as the pairs do and he loves to sit on the pond decking and have a snooze in the sun.

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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:34 PM
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He sure is a handsome dude! What does he do when the dogs get nosy?

And your pond looks loverly! How are your koi doing?
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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:42 PM
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Bentley has tried everything short of jumping into the pond to get this fellows attention. He has run around the pond barking, stood on the deck and barked at the duck, all the duck does is move to the other side of the pond and ignore him, ha, ha. Bentley now just sits in his chair and watches the duck, ha, ha. The duck has won the battle.
Baxter could care less about the duck thank goodness.

The koi are doing well. I did lose 3 this past winter. I'm not sure why, the last one was a favorite orange and black fish we called pumpkinhead. She developed cold water bloat late this winter and passed on. The other two died early in winter. Some of them just can't take the cold and it was a very cold winter this past one. The other 15 fish are just fine though including the 3 babies from last years spawn. Midge looks like she's scoping out spawning grounds now. The warmer weather this week is sure to make her deposit eggs everywhere.

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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:47 PM
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Aw, that's sad about Pumpkinhead. She was one of the bigger ones, wasn't she? Glad there were 15 survivors after such a cold winter, though!

And poor Bentley! Done in by the dastardly duck! At least it's free entertainment--and so much more interesting to watch than TV.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 03:59 AM
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gorgeous pics!!! our pair just brought out their babies along with our geese (5 gossleings) can we see pics of last years babies??? I remember the thread of them
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Old May 10th, 2011, 07:37 AM
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clm,he is beautiful,great photos
Glad most of your fish survived,but sorry about the 3 that did not
Looking forward to pics of your gorgeous pond and some more of the pups,of course..
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Old May 17th, 2011, 06:57 PM
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clm, love pics of the duck! Sorry about the fish,,,that's sad.

I have a gold fish I put in my pond and he is 10 years old now and very big for a goldfish LOL
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how cool is that! Nice pics!

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How did I miss this ?

Your visitor is stunning . Did you name him yet? And he leaves the koi alone?

Sorry to hear about your three that died .
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