Monday, June 24, 2013

Dad's Latest Idea

Our dad's latest and greatest idea is that our pond needs an island so that the waterfowl can nest safely and comfortably if they'd like to~
 The excavator is placing tons of huge rocks into the pond and stacking them until they are above the water level.  Dad says our pond is 6 foot deep in places so it took a lot of rocks! 
 Fast forward - our friend Darin brought us a huge truckload of wood chips and the excavator spread them all over the top of the rocks and dirt like icing on a cake.
The mallards are already checking out the new island but the only customers we've seen on the island so far are turtles!

The excavator is all set to head home.  OMG, this thing is HUGE!
That's our Smoke Tree in front of the excavator.  Isn't it pretty!
 This is a close up of the smokes.  They feel so soft~
 The black swan brothers  are doing great!
 And the mute swan sissies have a new barnacle goose bodyguard!
 We had a Canada goose mom and dad here earlier in the year and they had 2 goslings.  We had an incident recently that scared all of the birds and they took off for the afternoon.   They all came back except for Mr and Mrs Canada goose and 1 gosling.   We discovered that one gosling was still here and he was crying for his mom and dad and sibling.
Guess who the new gosling's mom and dad are?   Fatassloudmouth and her mate! 
They're actually great parents and they stepped up the plate to foster this gosling when he needed help!  They guard the little guy with their lives like he was their very own.
So until next time.............

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly


Anonymous said...

Wow, those excavators are huge! And the smoke tree looks so pretty. Hope you get more visitors to your island!

parlance said...

I love reading about the birds who live on your property. I'm always taken back to childhood and the folk stories we were told.

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

they birdies are probably just waiting for the island to settle - maybe it needs a few reeds or a plant or too so they don't feel like they are sitting out in the open. Love the black swans - they are so beautiful

Molly The Wally said...

Wow the island is going to be great. So glad Fatassloudmouth and her mate have taken on the little gosling. Looks like all is happy and well on your pond. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

harrispen said...

An island is a great idea! We bet the birdies will enjoy hanging out there when they get used to it.

Millie & Walter

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Your Smoke tree is gorgeous.

OMD what a GRAND Idea your dad had. No more.. Fox Raids.. THAT is super.

KB Bear said...

I LOVE the island idea! Wonderful

And it's so sweet that the other goose couple is fostering the gosling. Keep us posted.

GizmoGeodog said...

Your dad was so kind to build a whole island for your birds...I know they will come to love it

Two French Bulldogs said...

Your Pops is going to be on HGTV soon
Benny & Lily

scotsmad said...

Did we miss something? We thought you only had one black Swan...

That adoption story of the gosling is so sweet. Maybe he'll become a resident of your pond. Love the island. We're sure it'll be used soon.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

chicamom85 said...

That is sooooooooooo nice that your pals will have a special place. Your Dad is pawsome!!

Loveys Sasha

Helen said...

I have a smoke bush too, didn't know that it could get so big. Mine did well this year but isn't anywhere as big as yours. Glad the little Canada goose has some foster parents to look after him.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We love seeing how your wildlife are doing. We think they are going to love that island. Mom says she doesn't think we would do too well with geese and swans and ducks:(

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

animal lover, quilt lover said...

AWWWWW WOW so neat!!! Loved the story!!! Good for them!!!

Sam said...

Oh cool. Love your place.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

The duckies will love the new pond island! They are sooo beautiful!

Big Honey Dog (Honey the Great Dane) said...

Hi Mitch & Molly

Sorry for not visiting in AGES!!! We keep trying to catch up with blogs but just always seem to keep falling behind.

We did pop by the other day, actually, and caught up on your posts about your special visitors. I tried to leave a comment then but I think Blogger swallowed it up. :-( (Oh! And I've had chicken feet too - although mine were freeze-dried - they were fresh, from the butcher's in Chinatown - and they're like crunchy chips - YUM! Lots of good natural glucosamine & chondroitin too!)

Anyway, we loved looking at the pictures in this post - wow, I didn't realise you had your very own pond! How cool is that??!! There is a beautiful park near our house where we walk sometimes and it has a small lake - with many birds. And some resident black swans. We always think of you whenever we walk there and see them! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Ruby said...

Your Pops has the most BRILLIANT ideas!!! I'm sure the burdies will take to the island in no time.
That tree is amazin'! Now Ma wants one....
All the swans look gorgeous ~ and what a sweet pair, adopting the little gosling! It sure IS an 'awwwwe' situation!
Ruby ♥

Wyatt said...

Awww, that is a nice story and what a nice island retreat they will have...lucky ducks...I mean Lucky Swans and Goose!


Duncan Breazeale said...

My mom and I were wondering if you could maybe ask your dad if he could build us an island? Awesome adoption story -- you sure live in a beautiful spot !

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Your new island looks fabulous. We expect it will used a lot by all your feathered friends.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Sam said...

It must be fascinating to watch all those birds! Can you plant anything on or around the island? It'd look pretty with a little tree and flowers. :D


Mollie said...

That's your pond, it's bigger than the one in my park..BOL You have a beautiful home xx0xx

Mollie and Alfie

Wyatt said...

Hey Mitch and Molly-

We are having a 4 week Give-A-Way. Come over and see!

Wyatt and Stanzie

The Army of Four said...

Ohhhh, I just LOVE the story about those birdies adopting the other little baby birdie!!! That is just the SWEETEST thing!
What a nice idea about the island, too! You have the BEST daddy!