Friday, 19 August 2016

Daisy, bees, flowers, frogpond

We've are in a drought. The frogpond totally dried up. This happened in the drought of 2012, as well.

The frog pond, a truly vernal pond (created from snow meltwater) has turned into a garden.

You can compare in the videos below!

A few days ago the flowers hadn't bloomed. They have now!

Daisy and I took a trip down there to grab the trailcam, which has NOTHING on it! Hubby has spotted the doe and her twin fawns, I had them on the trailcam previously, but they didn't wait around for a photo-op.

Daisy heard a noise, it was a doe and at least one fawn, who took off like bats outta hell. Daisy just stood transfixed, assessing the danger.

We ambled around, onto the dock.
It was beautiful, even if I was missing my frogs and snakes!

This plant wasn't in my Wetland Plants of Ontario book. I was so disappointed!
This took some research: Water Speedwell, AKA Veronica anagallis-aquatica  found on the white wetland flowers of Ontario site. They also have a page to ID yellow wetland flowers!

Next thing I noticed, a warbler, a bug eater, bless its little heart. I've been told it's a Female Common Yellowthroat! I know we have the males! You can see an archive photo in the 4th one. He was banging a caterpillar on a branch!
Yellowthroat & caterpillar from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Frogpond traffic from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Bullfrog from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.


Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Good sighting of the warbler. Too bad the frog pond has dried up, but it seems Nature has other uses for it right now.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
The water will be back, eventually. Meanwhile, the the birds and the bees are making whoopie!!! YAM xx

Nancy J said...

I guess it will rain at some stage. Lovely bird photos, and Daisy, her ears and eyes knew something was there.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, I hope you have some rain soon. Love the birds and the bees. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Phil Slade said...

What a difference rain makes. What a difference the lack of rain makes. I enjoyed those videos Jennifer but I'm not sure which you prefer. I think I might prefer the pond when it's not too deep but just enough to attract water liking birds and animals.

William Kendall said...

Any unexpected noise will always catch a cat's attention. We've had rain... but we could use much more.

Red said...

It's sad that the ponds are dry but they will spring to life with a good rain. In fact, I thought you got drenched a few days ago.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

This won't fill up until fall, Keith. The water just soaks in. We'd need a monsoon, and we never get that much rain! It'll sleep until spring.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great post, the bee photos are awesome. I love the warbler video. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Phyllis Oller said...

I love your series of pictures & videos.Nature is funny at times,but I`m sure the pond will come back,thanks for sharing,phyllis

Powell River Books said...

The drought must be hard on all the critters that depend on the ponds and rivers. - Margy

Maria Gloria D'Amico said...

As fotos estão incríveis, amo ver passarinhos e flores.