It's spring and the goldfish in my pond are getting frisky. It's very obvious what is on their mind! So, I try to prep the pond for the babies.
At Petco I got this aquarium plant and put it in the pond so the baby goldfish will have a place to hide. When they're tiny they are solid black so they can hide from predators. Then, as they grow you will see a bit of orange and then they're orange, orange and white with no black. I'm looking forward to babies in my pond, again.
And, looky here!! Those tiny, tiny caterpillars grew in just a few days. They have plenty to eat. Any hour, now, they will be heading off to become beautiful black swallowtail butterflies. In my garden today, I saw three black swallowtail butterflies and not sure if they are newly hatched from their cocoons. And, I saw a fritillary butterfly. I do have a passion vine that I grow just for them. But, it isn't big enough to support several caterpillars, yet.
I've been suspicious and today I'm positive that there are little wrens nesting in this white birdhouse. It's right outside my kitchen window. It's so sweet to watch the process, but I'm concerned about Charlie and Punkin when the babies take first flight. So, when I see the baby birds have hatched and the parents are feeding them I'll count the days. Then, I'm going to put a fence of chicken wire around that area of my rock walk, hoping to give those babies more protection. When they first come out of the nest they tend to fly down, not up. I'm going to count the days of feeding and try to guess first flight day and will try to stay home from work to watch and protect.
I do take very seriously, nature and budding life in my garden.
That's what makes me happy!