This is a blue heron. Rick's Mom loves seeing him at our house, and she has named it Gabriel.
We have been trying to get a picture for her for some time. I'm hoping to get an even better (closer up) picture some day. I was able to capture this one using my zoom lens from our deck, across the pond.
We believe these are minks, something I've never seen in person. Rick also captured these off of our deck.
This is a crayfish. We found him walking along the road while we were taking the pups out for their final walk of the night. He was pretty far away from the pond, and we were thinking that maybe the Blue Heron dropped him while he was flying over. It was really dark out and I seriously thought this was a tarantula at first. I might have screamed.
Here is a close up of his face. After we took these pictures, we took him back down to his home in the pond.
We also found this little frog while taking the pups for a walk one night. I'm not sure why all these creatures think it's smart to hang out on the road in the complete dark. Maybe they are confused. Again, we took him back down to the pond after this photo was taken.
This year we had more baby ducks. It was fun to watch them grow up. There were a few tragedies and a few we think did get eaten by snapping turtles (we found some feathers floating in the water on day), but luckily quite a few did survive and grew up. Now we can't tell which ones were the babies as they are all grown up.
We also had some baby geese. I don't particularly like the geese, but their babies were pretty cute! I took Izzie down to the pond to take this picture with my phone, and she wanted to go up and try to pet them. I told her geese are not nice so that was not a good idea...ha!