We have had two families of ducks this year in the pond. This is the original one the other came and left. This one started out with 14 and now only has 8. The other one had 7 and the last we saw of her there were only 3 or 4. We sat feeders out and as you can see the mother knows exactly where to go to get food.
We have had a Herron flying over several time and today it decided to land and check out the conditions.
We were being overtaken by Geese but I noticed one night that they don't like a flashlight put on them. The next night I took a laser level and put that on them. If you hit their eyes they get real bright and reflective. Doesn't seem to phase them. In fact you can put the light pretty much anywhere on them and they don't notice it. Another one next to them might but that isn't always the fact. Let the darn dumb bird get in the water and it is another story. Put the red dot next to them and I guess they thank it's a snake or something about to get them. The apparently don't like to fly at night so the will hop about 5' up into the air and maybe fly 10 to 15' away from the spot. I chased 23 of them one night, keep them hopping and moving until they did leave. This group showed up again in the morning when it was cloudy so the light would still work. First they landed, swam by the house and stared. Then the light came out and they left. Haven't seen them since. Maybe just luck but I think I have warning radar setup now. Of course there is always the chance that one morning I will get up and there will be hundreds of them or I will find they did a fly over and were on a bombinb mission.