A tussock island in a wildlife garden pond
My tussock island is gone from my wildlife garden pond. I wrote about its arrival two years ago in September 2011, a phenomenon of nature that I shall never forget. Now I have a Kenny Rogers/ Dolly Parton song whirling in my head. Ok, my body of water isn’t a stream…it’s a pond…but I can almost hear a frog chorus…
Islands in the pond that is what we are
No one in between how can we be wrong?…
With the turtles diving and chiming in with their best imitation of the Zac Brown Band
If you really wanna know where you can find me
I’ll be unwinding
Down in the islands, down in the islands…
And down the tussock island went in my wildlife garden pond. It slowly sank over December, leaving me sad but hopeful. You see it disappeared in November 2012 a little earlier than now, but our temperatures have been unusually warm this December, breaking weather records several days recently.
The tussock island returned in spring 2013 to my wildlife garden pond, I’m not exactly sure when, but return it did, to bring a vast array of new fauna to my garden. I know it was there in May when the Green Heron was scouting fish from its shores and a Cooter turtle took up residence.
Then there was the time that an Alligator was sunning himself.
I had a new species of spider set up shop on the yellow-eyed grass and sedges that grew.
On a good note, the wildlife garden pond now looks HUGE to me.
When I first discovered the tussock island in my wildlife garden pond, it was a bit of a shock, and my first thought was “how do I get that thing out of there”. Now? It became one of the favorite elements in my wildlife garden, a rookery of sorts.
At this point, what concerns me the most is that the spider sacs are just touching the water. I’m not sure how they will fare, but Mother Nature must have some reason for this sink or swim capability, so I’ll just continue to play along and see what happens in the future in my wildlife garden pond.
Now, I’ll have to “get my country on” praying that Bonny Tyler’s prediction doesn’t come true:
Goodbye to the island
Hello to the rain
It’s gone like a dream in the night
And it won’t be back again
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