I must admit, I'm a tad bit jealous of our neighbors and their gorgeous ponds. We sit up on the hill overlooking the valley and the neighbors with the gorgeous ponds, so don't get me wrong, I don't have too much to complain about, I just don't have waterfront property.
One of our neighbor's, we'll call them the J's, have spectacular fly fishing ponds that they have built up over the years. They stock them every few years with prize winning trout and even make a little money through a local fly fishing association. The P's on the other hand, have a smaller pond just to watch wildlife and such. It is so cute, they are a retired couple and have a bench sitting over the dam, and all kinds of rocks and wildflowers, they really enjoy their yard.
So recently, I have been hearing about troubles with the ponds. Actually, I caught Mr. P going after the geese, yelling and chasing them out of his pond (he doesn't want them taking over because then they will contaminate it). Funny as could be! Then, come to find out, the J's are having a problem with the Blue Heron damaging some of their beloved fish. And I do mean beloved. We have seen Mr. J (one of Tom's best friends) jump in the freezing cold winter water to revive a fish that has been caught and released, the rules of the pond, of course.
The main problem is that the fish are too big for the Heron in the first place! So the fish is getting injured for nothing, and the Heron still gets no dinner, bummer. The J's can't use a lot of regular detractants for the Heron because that would interfere with the fly fishermen. They did buy a fake Blue Heron, but that mostly just scared the dog.
Well, I got to thinking (could be dangerous). And watching that Heron's pattern, he seemed to like the P's pond just as much as the J's pond except he wasn't getting anything to eat there. But when the Blue Heron was at the P's pond, the Geese were nowhere to be found. They seemed to hang out in the beaver ponds up the valley just a bit where they belong. Hmmm..., how about we stock the P's ponds with inexpensive (native, of course) brookies for the Heron to hunt so that he leaves the J's nice big fish alone? This could solve everyone's problem.I talked with Mr. J and he thinks the plan is brilliant (with just a tiny bit of prodding from me-ha!), and I will talk with the P's today. I'll let you know how the plan works out, but it is always best to try and work with Mother Nature than against her!