Waterfall in a Small Pond
Water makes all the difference when it comes to attracting wildlife and the sound of water is an added bonus. This waterfall is quite small, but it makes a soothing sound and telegraphs the availability of water to all within earshot.
River Birch Trees Provide Food
In the spring of 2013, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker stopped long enough to refuel on some River Birch sap. Watch closely to see the sap ooze.
Pond Attracts a Great Blue Heron
The small pond that is fed by the waterfall above is filled with small goldfish and frogs. This habitat is providing food for a Great Blue Heron, who shows up here occasionally.
Pond Attracts Dragonflies
As you’ll see in our section on pollinators, dragonflies are not pollinators. They eat other insects, one of which is the mosquito. Contrary to popular opinion, moving water in your back yard does not breed mosquitoes as much as it attracts those who eat mosquitoes. There are dozens over our pond in warm weather, as you can see in this video.
Winter Birds on Crabapple
This was taken on rare day in January when there was a little snow on the ground. These birds are feeding on fruit that was still on the crabapple.