I said in my last post that the biodiversity in our watershed amazes me and the pond in Puntledge Park brings that home in another way. The little heron that is trying to survive her first winter after hatching has made a home of the pond and in this picture she had just lifted her head and swallowed so she has obviously found a good place to eat. Confirmation of that assessment is provided by the female Common Merganser that shows up fairly regularly, probably to fish in the pond. C uriously, I have never seen a male in this pond. If that wasn’t confirmation enough, the Kingfisher has been sitting in various trees around the pond throughout the season.
What does this mean for biodiversity? We saw last month that there are at least three species of woodpecker in the watershed and they are probably dining on different insects and therefore helping different trees stay healthy by removing the pests. We see on this page three species of very different fish eating birds which also shows some biodiversity. We know that there are four species of salmon that use the creek and we also know that the chum run was bad all over the island but that is not devastating for the fish eaters in the creek because that is only one species and the others had healthier returns.