[CT Birds] Horseshoe Pond
mjwarner at optonline.net
Tue Mar 31 18:05:58 EDT 2015
Last year, the Town of Wilton decided to get rid of the Water Lillies
which had grown voluminously in the warm and shallow waters of Horseshoe
Pond. A company was retained to chemically treat the plants which had
immediate visible results. Step two of the eradication program was to draw
down the water in the approximately 6 acre pond over the winter to let the
frost get to the roots of the Lillies. This alone should have worked very
well ! The visible tree stumps are the remainder of the former swamp
before the dam was built. I will inquire further, but I expect the spillway
boards to be replaced soon to let the pond fill up again.
The Great Egret has left, but there are now 8 Great Blue Herons there
as of 5:30 pm.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Doyle via CTBirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5:09 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Horseshoe Pond
> Wilton I believe can anyone tell me what happened to the water and where
> the pond went. It's downright nasty since I remember it very picturesque
> with the lillys and various ducks. There is open water and today there
> were at least 10 pairs of hoodies numerous females, mallards and one snowy
> egret and I think I counted 6 possibly 7 blue herons.
> ??? Does the town drain the pond for any reason and if so will they
> somehow refill it. And will the wood ducks return.
> Thank you.
> New Milford kevin
> Kevindoyle01 at charter.net
> Sherwood Island osprey on nest/platform by nature center chased off by a
> second osprey ... mate not sure then gulls. After 30 minutes of waiting
> neither returned. The nest in the west beach area I found female sitting
> in the grass no sign of the male she then flew to a tree near the trails
> then to the post then to points unknown. For over an hour nothing ... then
> the female returned landed on the post .... next the male .... landed on
> nest .... female invited him for friendship (twice) evidently he had a
> headache since he wasn't interested .... her attitude then get off my
> nest. He headed east and moments later she departed.
> I don't know what the waterways around that nest are called but I
> photographed 6 yellowlegs not sure if greater or lesser though. Looking at
> my Nat Geo guide I think they were in breeding & winter plummage. Should
> look at the captures and see if the bill is turned up at all.
> That's all floks !!!!!
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