Pedator attack, Myth debunking
This is a subject that affects all of us pond lovers. My pond, like many out there is now the target of Herring. I have has this pond for 4 years and never lost a fish. Sunday morning I make my trip to the pond to do water testing. All my pooches are with me as usual. the first thing I noticed was blood splatters on the patio. After searching pooch feet for a bloody foot, I finally realized (Zero) my white showa, (Polly) a gin rin white and orange butterfly, and (Panzer) a large gin rin Sanago was missing. I originally thought I lost 5. My super cool Black Sanke (Licorice) has a superficial scratch on his side.
My first thought, it had to be a raccoon, but like all nurses, I assess. Raccoon as said to make a mess and leave dead fish on the side for other predators. There was nothing, only blood marks and a few scales. It can't be herring, there are no herring around here.
As you can see, the netting went up and just in time. Herring are said to be territorial. This is the main reason a decoy should work. I have seen many videos on youtube of herring walking right by a decoy.
As weather gets colder, fish in streams swim back to deeper water. This makes it hard on the herring. Our ponds are easy pickings for them. As I thought before, there are no herrings in this area. My pond was visited by 2 birds this morning simultaneously. As one bounced with the netting, another sat on my rooftop watching. This late afternoon, another was back to try the netting. I am putting a water line directly to the new pond to set up scarecrows. However until then, I just have to be on guard.