I suppose that this is really a blog, though I hesitate to call it that. The real bloggers seem so much
more interesting. I cover stuff which I find interesting, and I hope that you will too.|
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For more information about what I'm interested in, see the Ponding pages.
The hummingbird came back
10 Jun 2001
We saw the hummingbird for the first time this year. (I
guess it is the Ruby Throated as that is the only one that
is found in Massachusetts). I hope to get a decent photograph
of it. I suppose that we ought to put out the hummingbird feeder
New camera position
5 Jun 2001
I realized that the camera was facing south -- i.e. into the
sun. I moved it round to the other side of the pond so that
the sun will normally be behind the camera. This should
improve the image.
Right now it is not pointing in quite the right direction, but
I'll fix that in the next few days. It certainly does
seem to work better. You can see the stems of some of the
water lily leaves and the leaves floating on the surface.
Frog hopped away
30 May 2001
I fear that the Leopard frog has hopped away. We haven't seen it
for a few days. I think that it probably heard its friends
calling from over the field, and went to join them.
30 May 2001
I finally took the plunge and made PHP work. What a nightmare!
Anyway, I'm now using weblog to maintain the diary.
20 May 2001
When we started up the
ponds in 2001, we found a
Unfortunately he (or she)
escaped before he could be
transported to a nearby
pond. I don't want him
eating the fish!
We finally found three bullfrogs and managed to evict all of them. Two of them went to local schools (pre-K) for the kids to
look at. One of them was sent to the pond next door.
20 May 2001
During this operation we found lots of tadpoles, so we captured 10 and stuck them in our froggy pond where they seem to be doing well. We also captured
a leopard frog and transported him (or her). However, I suspect that he has
hopped off back home. This might have been due to the fact that my daughter
named him 'Toad' thus giving him an identity crisis. This is the only
picture that I have as he hopped into the pond about two seconds after
I took this!
29 Nov 2000
We finally got all the plants out and trimmed and sunk to the bottom of the ponds. Four plants are going to overwinter indoors in a large plastic tub by the outside door in the basement. We will see how they survive.
We also found eight fish (one gold, the rest black) in the top pond. Either their eggs were pumped up, or the eggs were attached to some plant that got moved during the year. These fish had to be moved to the bottom pond -- which is the only one that gets aerated during the winter.
I removed the remaining ice from the bottom pond as it had a fair amount of debris in it (mostly water hyacinth). Unfortunately there was one large dead frog that had become encased in the ice.
24 Nov 2000
We moved the anemometer onto the roof onto the same mast that has the analog anemometer (the Vigilant from Maximum). I also adjusted the rotor inside the anemometer assembly so that both magnets triggered the reed switch. This should (at least) double the reported wind speed, and bring it into line with reality.
2 Nov 2000
I finally got around to adding some new pictures to the website.
28 Oct 2000
We did some more cleanout, and found four fish in the top pond. This is rather mysterious as it is not clear where they came from. We did have two shubunkin in there for a time, and I did move some water hyacinth up there from the bottom pond, so maybe some eggs came up that way. Another path might be through the pump.
Anyway there is one gold fish about an inch long, two black fish about the same size, and another black fish about two inches long. The bad news is that the top pond will ice over completely -- I only have a bubbler in the bottom pond. We have to catch these guys (or gals) and transfer them down. I hope that they are big enough now that they won't get eaten.
This is very exciting. However, it does mean that the problem of the heron is still with us -- i.e. we have to continue to worry about how to keep it and the fish apart.
Information about SPF (Sender Permitted From)
The Doc Searls weblog -- he seems clueful and I read him.
The Citizen Weather Observer Program is a loose collection of amateur weather station operators.
Open source audio/video streaming software -- this drives my pondcam
Neat description of the Gunnera Manicata -- a truly monstrous plant!
Open source server for the Rio Receiver -- this is what I use.