A Blue Heron shows up and the goldfish are… gone! Yes, a blue heron bird showed up and when I took a look, all of the goldfish in my tiny pond were ~ GONE!
We have an itty-bitty pond that we fill with goldfish each year. Just a small pond but just perfect for the grandkids to enjoy.
What a surprise to see this fellow in the yard.
Who is he and what is he doing?
Imagine my surprise when I realized what dastardly act this perpetrator committed. It is a tiny pond obscured by bushes and home to goldfish that start out about 2-inches in the spring and grow to 5-6-inches by the time we close up the pond before winter.
Thanks to this fellow.
Blue Heron – gone
A rather sad ending.
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Hi Lorraine, I know this is an old post, but I just ran across it. I was wondering what happens to the fish when you close up the pond in the fall–presuming they survive things like herons and raccoons? We are putting in a very small pond, and I was thinking about getting some fish. Thanks in advance for satisfying my curiosity!
For many years, before the first frost, we would take the fish from our tiny pond and transfer them to a small lake near our home. One year we didn’t get to it and in the spring realized the fish survived the winter. Since then, we leave them alone and are surprised how much bigger they grow. My husband does tent the pond only to prevent debris from falling into the water.
Hope this is helpful!
Poor little fishies!
Just a little something from Judy says
A sad story but a beautiful picture. I am sure you were surprised when you made the discovery.
Janette - Decorator says
OH my…I am laughing and I know it isn't funny…one year my son went fishing in my goldfish pond…they had become over 5 inches long and beautiful…well they didn't make it through his fishing adventure.
Oh that is really naughty..shame 🙁
poor fish. 🙁
This is sad. Not a good outcome for the goldfish.
Oh, poor little goldfish. Perhaps you can try again soon. Goldfish are so beautiful.
~ Lisa ~ says
Such a beautiful perpetrator, such a sad ending. I showed my husband your post and he said "its the food chain." 🙁
Well the guy who had the fish dinner is looking quite pleased. Poor fish.
Oh dear. That is a sad end!
Oh how sad…my dad used to have a little pond and had the same dilemmas.
Barbara F. says
I would be so upset, too, Lorraine. Poor little fish. Is that a crane? Oh well. I am sure there must be a a spot for little fish by Rainbow's Bridge. xo
So love Abbey's cake & those gorgeous flowers.
How sad …
Have a great weekend ~
We had the very same thing happen a couple of years ago, it is a bit disheartening. Perhaps you can try again in the spring