- These are some of our ducks! Luckily for the tadpoles in the watering trough, the ducks are in the pond. Now on to the question of the day--what is the difference between a tadpole and a pollywog or are they the same thing? There were several thoughts on this subject. Both are going to be frogs some day, but most of the literature stated that tadpoles were the phase before legs started developing and pollywogs were after legs started showing and the tail starts disappearing. Tadpoles eat algae and are vegetarians--pollywogs are carnivores and eat mosquito larvae, other small bugs and invertebrates and smaller tadpoles or pollywogs. Yipes! It is one tough world out there!
- Speaking of tough. our poor peacock, Cane, crossed over to the other side this morning. We don't know what happened, he hasn't been himself the last couple of days, but showed no signs of illness. We think he might have flown into something. He was starting to molt and that always affects flight. Merlot was on her perch crying this morning. I think she is lonely, but she appears to be bad luck to the boys. This makes number 3!
Drink that water? You have got to be kidding? No way--risk swallowing tadpoles and algae? Yuccccch! A few weeks ago I wrote a sorrowful blog describing how the little tree frog tadpoles were washed out of the watering trough. Lately the trough has been getting lower and lower and green with algae. Guess what-- it is teeming with life! It is filled with tree frog tadpoles of two types. Little teeny weeny black tadpoles (actually smaller than they appear in the picture above) are swimming everywhere and fewer slightly larger tadpoles of a different type are swimming with them. The larger tadpoles are lighter in color and developing little tiny legs--just little bumps to begin with. See the picture below to get a sense of the size difference. Machi and Picchu have been horrified to see them swimming in their water. Every day, I ask them how many tadpoles they have swallowed and they look at me with disgust. I have been filling a bucket with water from the tap for them. We will drain and refill the watering trough after the tadpoles have turned into frogs and left it.
My marigolds that I planted to keep bugs off the potatoes, tomatoes, etc. were all pulled up by their heads. When I went into the garden they were lying with their roots stuck up in the air and their flowers picked off. Luckily, it has been rainy and I was able to pick them up and replant. My mind started racing--what would do such a thing? Rabbits, chickens, guineas, ducks, geese (yes, all of these would love a good marigold, but I am sure none were in the garden). I was mystified. The next morning I looked out to see about the marigolds and I discovered the culprit--the GANG of 7. They were out in the garden enjoying marigolds, peas, and raspberries. HA! Gang was the right word for them. They were taking plunder out of my garden. The weird thing was they didn't act like criminals. They behaved like a prince and princesses--like they were divine and we owed them whatever they wanted out of the garden. I watched them and they were really quite amusing, I guess they will get away with their antics. We will just have to share the garden with them! We will have to plant more.
This is Cane! He is innocent--since he is kept penned up. But wait, maybe not, since he is the attraction. The 6 girls from the Gang of 7 find him quite enticing.