West Park Pond

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Besides the usual mallards (adults and ducklings) on and around the pond, tonight a killdeer patrolled the edges. While I was trying to identify it, a heron swooped down from above the oak trees and began stalking, catching, and swallowing goldfish.

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  1. By TJ
    June 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm | permalink

    You go, heron! Clear out those exotics / pets.

  2. By Colin Oatley
    June 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm | permalink

    I made a brief video of a great blue heron catching a goldfish in this pond today. You can see it here. [link]

  3. June 2, 2013 at 8:13 am | permalink

    It’s wonderful that West Park is bringing a little nature to the heart of the city. What a great video! Thanks.

  4. June 2, 2013 at 11:07 am | permalink

    I would pay to see a staging of Great Blue Heron v. 20-Pound Carp.

  5. By George Hammond
    June 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm | permalink

    Yes, thanks for the video! My wife saw the heron there a few weeks ago, but we didn’t know it was returning.

    I wish the city would remove the muskrat(s) so the waterplants in and around the pond could get established.

  6. By Rod Johnson
    June 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm | permalink

    What, no Muskrat Love?

  7. June 4, 2013 at 12:35 am | permalink

    That video could become a favorite of mine. Thanks!