Return to the Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Blue Heron attack!

Posted by dave0829 06776 (My Page) on
Tue, May 13, 08 at 14:18

Just had a heron attack yesterday,it showed up 4 different times, and then twice more this morning. I really don't want to put up a netting or fishing line or anything...I heard about floating a fake alligator in the water, anyone know the results of this?
For the time being, I have a radio out there right now, seeing how that will work, but that is only temporary of course.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

A radio. I like that idea (though my neighbors may not).
I had an attack on Friday or Saturday (possible one fatality). I saw the heron on Sunday morning around 5:30 am but he flew off.

I heard about the fake alligator too but I'm in RI. How would a RI heron know what an alligator looks like? Wouldn't it just think it was a funny rock?

I did a little research and a UK site suggested a good old fashioned scare crow. Yesterday I made a one with lots of mylar strands and flowing plastic. Human enough looking and lots of moement with all the wind around here.

BasilB


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Have the radio out there...the heron just flew in about 10mins ago, on the other side of our herb garden, about 40 yards from the pond. Maybe it's working..


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Good to know that the radio is working, Dave; we had a heron attack last spring, and we resorted to putting fishing line around the pond, as well as using a heron decoy. Not sure if one, or both, worked, but we have not seen the heron since.

People report good results from using a net, but the aesthetics of a net would dissuade me; I think that fishing line, while still not aesthetically pleasing, is better looking than a net.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I have used one of the sectioned alligators that moves like a real one. It has worked well for about 1.5 years.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

we just had one come sunday sometime, because my plants were moved and tipped over. then he came back monday morning and got 6 fish. we put the net up until we figure something out. our pond is under some oaks, so i hope when the leaves fill in he won't see it from above. then the fish will finally settle down because they are freaking out every time they see someone. last week they were doin' the mating thing. the kids loved watching chase each other (not knowing what was really going on) :)
jeff


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

How about one of the water shooting scarecrows?


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Hey 1sst, could you provide a link to one of these "sectioned alligators" that have worked for you?


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

jbuda, I hate to be the one to tell you, but once a Heron has taken fish from your pond there is nothing that will keep him from coming back. So leaves filling in won't keep him seeing your pond and coming back. My Heron keeps coming back and he hasn't gotten a fish or frog from my pond since summer before last. But he keeps coming back walking round and round my pond looking and drooling but my fishes are nice and safe behind the net. The only time the net really bothers me ishaving to lift it up to get in to clean the pond or pick off spent pads and blooms. And I have to remove it to get decent pictures. But a few minutes of moving the net for special things is worth it for the peace of mind. I have used water cannon, fake alligator, fishing line and electric fence and none of them were as smart as he is. Here is a picture of mine with my first pond. Thank goodness my new pond and net don't look like that. Glenda
Photobucket
My new pond with the net.
Photobucket


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Operation Heron : Day 2
Got the radio, wind chimes, and a bee-keeper scarecrow.

Photobucket


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Now that is just too funny. I would be afraid to come around your pond with that thing. LOL Glenda


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Nice pond.... and scarecrow. Hope it works for you.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Here is a link. I bought mine locally but this is one link to show you what it looks like.

Here is a link that might be useful: Alligator


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, May 14, 08 at 9:42

Driving up I-5 a few weeks ago, we passed what appeared to be a treatment pond with several tall stakes around it. Attached to the stakes was shiny tinsel, fluttering in the wind. Not a bird in sight. Next (rice) field over, I counted at least 3 herons and several egrets. I wonder....?

Brenda


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Tinsel? Interesting...

Today is day 3, 10:00am, 2 sightings so far. It's being very cautious now, landing 50yrds or so away from the pond.
I'm trying to sneak up to it to scare it but it sees me every time from quite a distance.
All my fish are hiding, and the 3 frogs I saw before the heron aren't there


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Here's a pic of my "Pond Goddess". She has lots of gold/silver mylar strips that flutter in the wind. I don't know if she's working (I am so I'm not home to check!). I did see three fish yesterday and a couple of frogs.

It's been very windy around here. Felt like October on Monday. A lot of leaves have blown into the pond and I've let them settle (for now). The fish seem to like to hide under them.

I'm also thinking of putting some large door mirrors out by the pond. I work at a University and the students always throw them out around htis time of year. I have three already. I thought I could stake them in such a way that they would move a little and reflect anything that tried to land. I'm picturing the end sequence in Man with the Golden Gun!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pond Goddess pic


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

The day I took the picture of my Heron that I posted earlier, he stayed walking round and round my pond for about an hour. When my husband came into the yard he saw him and the Heron walked to the other side of the pond, when my husband would walk around one end the Heron would walk around the other end. I have about a dozen different pictures of him. He did not fly away until we actually threatened him. He is so bold. We watched him walk through the electric fence. It is 2 strands, one being about a foot off the ground and another strand about a foot and a half higher. He stepped over the bottom strand and ducked under the top strand and never lost a beat. We actually went out and bought a brand new shotgun just for him. But Husband sorta got attached to him and now that I know he can't bother my fish or frogs, I don't mind him either. Husband named him "Ole Blue". But it really makes me sad when I think of some of the fish I had before he pigged out on them. Glenda


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Pond goddess, I like it!

Glenda, my heron isn't so bold, probably because as soon as we see him, we run out there yelling and waving our arms.
I have a pile of rocks I'm keeping outside the door for when I can get a clear shot, but it's been tough since he flies away as soon as he catches wind of me. My point being is to deter him from coming back, not to injure him..(much) Maybe if he catches a rock in his wing he won't be in a hurry to come back.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

BB, I know it probably hasn't come to your attention since this is all so new to you, but those rocks in your pond is the perfect landing place for him to stand on and grab anything that happens to swim by. Everyone alway said that they land in your yard and just walk up to your pond so that is why the fish line strung around your pond will trip them up and discourage them. I found that didn't work for me, because he was actually landing in the shallow edges of my pond to do his fishing. I discovered this when I found his footprints in the algae on the shallow bottom of the pond. That is when I resorted to the net. And then later re-built my pond to make it bigger, deeper and better. I still use the net. I do like your pond angel. Glenda


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Hey Glenda,
Well... I've always said it was a "wild life pond" not a "fish pond". As Tim the Enchanter might say: "It was hewn out of the living rock"!

The link below shows the pond from the deck. My back yard is *all* ledge and *very* sloping. The two rocks you mention are at the (very) shallow end and of the "immovable" variety. Well... not without heavy equipment! The bottom of the pond itself is a single, sloping slab of granite (say that three times fast!). That is causing a leaking problem because a vein in the shallow area is rotten stone (to the core) and opened up badly this winter.

Anyway... the point is, the pond was "designed" by the pond goddess herself! I just excavated it. Even if I wanted to make it less "heron friendly", I couldn't change the design much (without explosives!)

I hope I don't have to resort to netting because it would be a royal pain in the ...! We still have some major landscaping to do (not to mention inside and outside wall repair work). Even the scarecrow itself will have to be moved a few times this weekend to work on the wood retaining wall and finish off the top of the dry well (don't even ask!)

Here is a link that might be useful: Rock Pond!


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

IMO a net is the only thing that is 100% effective.

Stationary objects lose the fear factor after a while. Strings can be stepped over. Water cannon scarecrows don't always work and some birds don't care about water splashing them. Aligators don't move and some herons would have no idea what they are just sitting there. Strips of metalic materials might work because they move in the wind, but are more unsightly IMO than a black net.

Herons won't land in deep water but I've seen them land in the shallows as well as away from the water source and they walk up to it. I live in a major GBH area and see them doing all kinds of things in the wild and had one or two visit my pond and eat my fish. I used fencing (didn't work), fishing lines of various heights Ididn't work), water scarecrow (didn't work), and net (bingo) no kills.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I'm a new member, so first I'd like to say hi to everyone. Now for the real stuff; I was reading about the Blue Heron attacks. I had the same problem 2 yrs ago--most of my fish got eaten before my wife spotted it one morning. I got a Blue Heron decoy, and haven't had an attack since, but my neighbor, who refuses to get a decoy, is feeding them well. They emptied his pond last year and this year. I was told the secret is to move the decoy to a new location around the pond every few days. So far, it seems to work. One more thing: if I'm not mistaken, they are a federally protected species, so Pikecoe, if you use the new shotgun, better get a silencer for it and bury all evidence quickly:-).


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I'm not too sure about the heron decoy from what I've heard on this site, other than you cottnpickr...everyone else seems to think they're not very helpful.

Other than the 2 attacks this morning, it never showed up again. Put a netting over the pond, so if he does come back it's not going to have any luck. Hoping he'll be trying to figure it out and I can catch him off guard with a pebble in his side.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I won't swear that it is the decoy that works, either. I just know that since I put it up, no more Herons (Knock on wood). I'm not removing it as long as the real ones stay away; and they sure have been visiting my neighbor--maybe I shouldn't want him to get one. Mine has sun-faded so badly that I'm not sure it looks like a Blue Heron now, but I'm wary of painting it; I'd probably wind up making it look like it has its mating colors on.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I don't plan to use the shotgun. But if I did I don't think there would be a problem. Where I live it's not unusual to hear a gunshot. We are surrounded by family for 150 acres. Only other neighbor has a huge piece of property totally grown up in trees. Haven't even seen them in the last 3 or 4 years. Next nearest neighbors that aren't family are several miles away. And the property on the other side of us is hundreds of acres that Cabelas now owns and is inhabited with Buffalo and Elk. And will be a hunting preserve. So one thing I don't have to worry about is nosy neighbors. Glenda


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, May 15, 08 at 8:40

I think the Pond Goddess should be marketed! :D

I like sparkly/shiny things, so the tinsel wouldn't bother me. It would probably bother the poor birds that come to drink and bathe at my creek, though.

Brenda


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I found a great site . www.pondnets.com Nets for every season


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Blue Herons are very territorial and when placed near your pond other Herons will avoid conflict and find a different pond to feast upon. Two caveats to the use of a decoy. First it must be regularly moved, since Herons are smart. Second, do not use it in Heron mating season-end of April-beginning of May, as it may look pretty good to a Blue heron searching for a mate.
Motion activated sprinkler scarecrows are also highly effective. The device senses motion and sprays a 3 second burst of water at the heron...just be careful to avoid getting sprayed yourself. Of course my lab triggers it just for fun.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Herons DO land on & DIVE into water
I had a couple of attacks and lost most of my Koi so I used 30
cd's mounted on cotton to surround my pond 5 metres square
together with a trip wire etc the cd's were pretty spinning in the wind but they did NOT deter the heron I had a colour camera watching the pond and set the recorder to 24 hours real time. next morning there was silver dust in the pond so I replayed the digital video recorder.early dusk the heron appeared walking up to the pond he then stood on the trip wire with both feet his head was touching the cd's he then flew onto the water 4 feet deep just like a swan he then dived like a Cormarant and got a fish. He came again and from a height of 5 feet he folded back his wings and dived vertically into the water just like a Gannet he surfaced with another fish, this diving continued for an hour. He then took off vertically into the air and went away.
The same day I bought a NET no more problems
Bob Yorkshire England


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I too had blue herons in 2006 lost about 9 koi to it, we had to come up with something pretty quick, Hubby designed this, lit looks good, and herons hate it, not had any probs since, tho you would need an arbor or a frame pf some kind, it is suspended on chain and has a limited movement, fish feel safer too, how do I attach photos?


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Lissa, you first have to store your photos on a website such as Photobucket. There are several of these sites, I'm familiar with Photobucket so I'll tell you how I post pics via them.
- I open Photobucket to my account. If I already have the gardenweb site open under one tab, I open a second tab for Photobucket.
- I click on Browse, which lets me go to the pictures on my computer. I choose the picture and then click on Upload.
- I go make a cup of tea while it's uploading (it has a speedy upload as well, but I like my cup of tea!). The photo shows up below the browse/upload section.
- I highlight the content of the second box under the photo and copy it. Then I go to the Garden web tab and paste it into my message in a certain format.

I'm replacing a few symbols for you here, otherwise my message will be looking for a picture and won't print the symbols. So, replace ^ by <, replace ~ by >, and replace (paste your direct link info here) by your direct link info.

^img src=(paste your direct link info here) width=500~

Then I experiment with the number of the width until I like the size and pixel clarity.

We've been lucky lately with our heron(s). Last time we had a visit was last fall, and I quickly put the leaf net over. It may have visited this spring and early summer, but the only indication is that the fish get shy on and off. Usually we string fish line around. What we do is crisscross over the edge and over the shallow parts, so the heron walks into it both on the edge and in the shallow areas. Seems to work for us.

:) Mary


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I had a heron try to get my fish 2 years in a row. The first year I put up a fake owl decoy and moved it around every couple days. It seemed to work for a while. Then the heron showed up again and got a couple of mid-sized koi. I didn't want to put up netting because I have a number of plants that grow up out of the water so I opted to run fishing line across my pond. Its less intrusive than the net (kind of looks like a big spider web) and so far has kept the heron out of the pond. He still bothers my neighbors pond though and he put up a heron decoy.

My inclination is to agree that unless you takes steps to physically block off access to the pond the heron is smart enogh to overcome scare tactics.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Heron deterrent
hope this works


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

So after having my pond for 5 years now, I saw my first heron the other morning. At first, I thought nothing about it, and was excited that it would visit our pond, and went off to work. The next morning, I spotted the heron again around the pond. I noticed that most of our fish (about 20 in total) had seemed to disappear. We had about 7 adults, and about 10 babies from over the Summer. I knew immediately what had happened.

It is hard to tell the take-rate since many of the fish have hidden. Now and then I see glimpses of them, but certainly they are not coming to the surface anymore like they have for the past months.

I have read this thread and the many more on herons to try to get some advice. I do not want to put up netting, or any other type of barrier. So I'm guessing that I simply have to live with the course of nature.

Bur for now, I have put out a Havahart Spray Away - Motion Activated Water Repellent to see if this is any type of deterrent. I have had great success with this when something was eating all of the plants from the pond.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this approach, or have you tried this in the past? I realize the heron may eventually not care and attack anyway with the barrier of a netting. But it is worth a try for now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Havahart Spray Away


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I too am now worried about a heron attack.. There is a large retention pond at the end of our developement and I saw a very very large heron there 2 days ago... I have a brand new pond as of this year with 7 beautiful Koi and don't want to lose any of them. I am really afraid that the rather large heron will come visit us and have been told by people that they only come around 5 or 6 in the morning.. I find that difficult to believe.. the one I saw was at that pond in the evening. And it is staying dark later in the mornings and am wondering if the time of dawn has anything to do with it.. I need to research the darn things and see what is up with them only coming in the morning thing and see if that is true. It makes me want to get up at 5 and sit out there and watch.. I am losing sleep worrying that he is out there stalking in the wee hours. Can anyone clarify the time issue..


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Last week we had a Heron visit one of our ponds at 10am. He flew only a short distance into our horse pasture when he saw us, but hung around for about an hour afterwards. The next day he didn't show up until noon. I scared him away only for him to land in the pasture again. I walked toward him and he only flew another short distance and hung around until 1:30pm. I too thought they didn't come around until early morning or just before dark, but this visit proved otherwise. Our first pond is only 33" deep and has a shallow entrance. We had lost a 12" sarassa comet to a heron before we put a net over it.We had only had fish in that pond for a week before the Heron discovered it. But after netting the pond and buying a water scarecrow we didn't lose anymore fish. We have since dug a second pond last month which is 4 1/2 ft deep,with no shallow areas and just recently moved the fish to that one. The new pond is netted and will stay that way to protect the fish. There were frogs in the first pond, so I believe that is why the Heron was hanging around. I noticed that two large Leopard frogs were missing, so that is probably why he was there. There are still some smaller bull frogs in it, so I'm sure that he will be back. I don't think they have any certain times for there visits, unfortunately.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Herons will come at any hour of the day. I've seen them fishing in a nearby park pond in the middle of the afternoon. They also show up at dawn, and also at dusk. I know of one person who heard his motion activated water Scarecrow go off about 4:00 in the morning and got up to check it it. It was a heron. Another ponder took pictures of a heron standing on the roof of his neighbor's house watching the pond at dusk, just as the sun was going down. Once they set their beady little eyes on your fish, they are unpredictable and very determined.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Well for starters I just went and got a heron decoy.. They also had decor Koi that float on top.. I guess the deterant is that the heron pokes at the hard body and that action prompts the real fish to go hide while the heron keeps trying to spear the decoy. Hopefully he will get frustrated and give up and go away.. I might invest in one of those just in case it works.. I understand that the net is probably the only real insurance that the fish will be safe but I am not ready to go that route just yet. The water scarecrow isn't really an option because we have a few large ornamental grasses that are moving all the time with the breeze so hubby thinks that will set the motion detector off needlessly. So for now I will try the decoy I got. I will move that bugger around every hour if I have to..


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I've seen those koi decoys before. They are very lifelike, and when placed near the waterfall or in water that ripples, it sort of bobs and looks like a real koi. The heron goes for the "sitting duck", and the real fish run for cover.

Personally, I wouldn't trust the decoy heron. I've heard of too many failures, but it might work for a while until they figure out its fake. I do think they look nice standing by the pond, though. Very realistic looking.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Kimbra8, if you have the Scarecrow water cannon, it won't go off with just the movement of the grass. It also requires body heat. I didn't put mine up this year and have lucked out with the heron. Maybe it is because I also have a pair of ornamental herons. It is my understanding that a single heron will not intrude on a nesting pair. I don't know what would happen after the nesting season is past. Someone posted a photo of a tree filled with them near sundown. I suspect that was taken during migration.
I find it delightful that in hot weather the squirrels, chipmunks and small birds trigger it to go off on purpose , much like the birds that have learned to open and close automatic doors in stores like Lowes.
I am going to net the pond again this year for fall leaves. There are a lot on the surface right now and I think they are holding the heat in the water. I haven't removed the gourami yet and they are swimming right in the midst of the leaves (At nighttime at least). They seem to be enjoying it.
Basilbird, every time I see your pond I love it more. If I did a painting of it people would think it totally imaginary. The contrast of the circular pond walls emerging from the mass of the natural rock, especially with the crack in the slab where you put the waterfall is truly artistic. You could pay someone thousands of dollars to try to do something similar and they would never get it as right as you have done. I hope you find some hydrolic sealer to close that leak. Sandy


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Thanks, Sandy. I think it was there all the time, just waiting to be excavated! The current "leak state" is down about 5 inches but HOLDING level for a week now (no rain!). There is definite ground water "magic" going on. Whenever Dad cements the wall outside the pond, the drainage in the low end changes and the water level becomes more stable. Really weird! But I've got a huge piece of ledge at the end of my yard that water actually spurts out of during heavy rain!

I netted the pond for the first time Saturday. I'll post a pic when I get to work tomorrow. It's just to keep the leaves out. Last year I had 5 big goldfish and it was fairly easy to scoop out leaves. This year I have 4 big goldfish and at least 400 tiny ones! No way to scoop out leaves without catching little fishies! Hopefully the net will help. Also, it will be nice to have one on hand if the heron comes back. I lost one fish in May and the heron hung around for about a week but he hasn't been back all summer. Of course, the water wasn't clear all summer either ;-)

BasilB
who is working on a pond construction website. no... really I am!


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

  • Posted by nancyd 5/Rochester, NY (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 22, 08 at 15:41

We had a heron take 2 fish one month after installing our pond and last year he really decimated our fish. This year I actually had TWO herons visit. We had to use a net. The water cannon scarecrows did not work. We resisted a net for a long time, but they're not that bad. We use stakes placed about 10 feet apart and stretch black bird netting across it to about 4-5 inches from the top of the pond to allow frogs and insects access. It's the only thing that has worked for us. We've not lost one fish since last summer and he still visits.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I had a blue heron last year and decided to do some research. I found an excellent product called the "scare crow". It is basically a sprinkler that has a built in motion detector. Connect your garden hose to the scare crow, when the blue heron visits your pond the scare crow is activated by his motion and starts the sprinkler with a very quick spray of water back and forth one time to scare the heron away. It works very well and I am happy to say that I haven't lost any of my Koi. Hope this helps.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I LIVE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS BUT NEAR A LARGE WETLANDS. I HAVE HAD A POND FOR SEVERAL YEARS WITH ABOUT 16 KOI AND 15 GOLD FISH. MY DOG AWAYS KEPT THEM SAFE. MY DOG HOWEVER RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AND THE BIG BLUE CAME AND DESTROYED 50% OF MY POND LIFE IN THREE DAYS. ANY ADVICE REGARDING THOSE LIGHT DETERANTS THAT EMITS A BRIGHT LIGHT WHICH IS SUPPOSE TO DETER THE HERON. DO THEY WORK?


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I like the pond goddess and am going to try to make one myself

She is pretty cute

Looks maybe like a tomato cage base, or some such thing

Don't have a blue heron yet but some of those darn Canadian Geese where in the pond the other day Fish seem to be okay.
Whew!!


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I use the scarecrow too. Check out this video I took this morning of a Great Blue Heron getting sprayed and scared away.. Nothing else has ever worked for me and I've tried everything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpHjb_VXsqo

Here is a link that might be useful: Great Blue Heron Hit by Water


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Has anyone tried fishing line tied well above the ground? Our plant supplier in the area has 2 ponds with many koi. She attaches a couple of strands of fishing line to the house on one end, and the other end to a tree. So the fishing line is suspended some 15 - 20ft above the ground. She claims no fish loss since it has been in place. You would never know it's there. Guessing they dont like a blocked escape route??


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Having battled a continuing heron problem for years, I have finally come up with a solution, at least for my pond. I simply placed a series of 8 ft long, 1/2" dia. white pvc poles at 10 ft intervals around the perimeter of the pond. 1/8" dia. holes were drilled thru the tubing at 12", 24", 36" and 48" above ground level . I then strung 25 lb. test flourescent orange nylon fishing line thru the holes, tying the line off at each hole to keep the line taut. The poles were set as close to the water line as possible. The poles were set in the ground by first driving 30", 3/8" dia. bamboo tomato stakes 12" into the ground. I then simply slipped the pvc tubes on over the stakes. The barrier is extremely effective (no invasions since installation) and because the the poles are placed 10 ft. apart and the lines are barely visible, is not really unsightly at all. At first the heron(s) would land about 15 feet away from the pond and walk up to the barrier. None tried to go thru it or fly over it and "drop in". After a few times trying to figure their problem out without success, they stopped coming altogether.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

dbromsey, I'm having trouble picturing what this looks like. Do you have a photo you could post or a link to a picture?


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

To nancym1956: If you'll post your email address, I'll send you a diagram.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

This is a "not to scale" diagram of the heron deterrent apparatus mentioned earlier on the forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Heron Deterrent


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I am in the process of building my pond and I was thinking of covering the entire area so that everything is pretty much covered about 8 feet above the ground and surrounded by 3/8" polypropylene mesh netting draped over a fence (the plan is for the pond to be part of an outdoor room). You would have to open a gate to get inside and I'm assuming most herons don't use gates. ;-)

At any rate my concern is a heron getting caught in the net and getting hurt. I know that they will dive into water, but will they dive into unknown bodies of water (since they would never have had a chance to get access to the pond after it is built and stocked with koi)? I am near a river and frequently see heron fly over in the AM. So I know they are around.

Any feedback welcome.

Thanks,
Don

Here is a link that might be useful: Currently in bloom in my greenhouse


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

My experience with herons is that they have superior eyesight and will be able to avoid getting hung up in your netting. Every heron I've ever dealt with WALKED into the pond...none ever landed in it from the air. In my opinion, your plan is a valid one.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

I had my first (known) heron visit this spring. It was to be expected, as I live close to the Chesapeake Bay. The first visit, I saw it land from a window and ran outside to chase it away. As it was late April, I also stowed away my fake heron (maybe he was looking for a girlfriend). Nope, came home from work a week later, and he was in my pond. No fish missing, though, so he hadn't been there long. I strung fishing line over the pond, and haven't seen it since (and no fish losses). In June, I replaced the fake heron by the pond. I only have cheap goldfish, so if the heron does get one, I figure it's going to a worthy cause (feeding a lovely bird). Note that I also have many hiding places for the fish, including 4" PVC pipe tubes, plants, etc.


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

Will dogs keep the Heron away?


 o
RE: Blue Heron attack!

As a seasoned 'ponder' I want to share what is 'believe me' the ONLY way to protect your fish from a determined heron.... A net.. BUT .. It is possible to net your pond in an aesthetically pleasing manner! I purchased 5 ft tall solar powered tiki torches online thru Amazon & love them! I mounted them over 5 ft rebar for strength & stretched black pond netting overtop!! It looks great & allows easy feeding of my koi & my tall plants enough height to grow inside while keeping the heron 'salivating' from atop my pergola.. I anchor the net with rocks & my koi are safe & sound.. I love to watch him .. Sure he will tire of this frustration soon..The 5 ft. height of the net allows great view of the pond, platings & water features... Bugs still get inside to pollinate but birds stay out & drink at the waterfall. The tiki lights flicker nightly & life is good & heron-proof!! Love it! I have pics to share.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here