Beau April 12th, 2008
Our friend the Great Blue Heron has returned. It doesn’t nest here, but makes the rounds in the morning to try and find a meal or two. I was walking back toward the pond the other day and saw it flying away with a very large bulge in its neck. “That better not be our koi!” I shouted. Last year we found a huge bluegill laying on the bank with big scissor marks down both sides of its body. The heron had grabbed and tried to eat it, but couldn’t.
All things being equal (which they’re not), I would rather the heron feed somewhere else. I’ve heard that some koi owners lose all the fish in their ponds to herons. Can’t blame them for finding food where it’s most convenient. They are beautiful birds, but we like managing our own fish population!
As I walked closer to the heron it flew away over the pond with a raucous “Aawwwk!”.