Of course, canada geese and various species of ducks have tried to claim the pond as a new homestead each year, but we have to chase them off. If, like us, you use your pond for swimming, you can’t let geese or ducks set up residences, as their droppings will infest the water with intestinal parasites harmful to your health. We use ‘screamers’- small, screeching, smoke-trailing fireworks to scare them away. Of course, a rambunctious dog will do the job nicely.
Nests can tell you a lot about the birds and their care for their young. But most of all, making sure you have habitats to ensure many types of birds nesting nearby, enriches your surroundings! We love to sit outside and listen to their songs as they move around us, divining their conversations about food, competition and predators. And their help in controlling insects annoying to us and hazardous to our garden, is another bonus.