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post #1 of 12
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ok...so I know this doesn't have anything to do with cats...but I really need help and I know that on this site you can get 10 responses in like 1 minute...thanks

so, recently, my mom putin a pond (about 10 by 8 feet) and we've put fish in it along with baby turtles and tadpoles. We also put in plants.

Today, outside talking with an on old neighbor, we noticed this bird on our roof. It flew away very fast, but from the view we saw, the bird was gray, about 2 feet high, and had a wing span of about....3 1/2 feet or so. It had longish legs and was very odd looking. The neighbor says she's seen one in her yard before (maybe it followed her...lol)

But getting to the point....It looked REALLY like a pterodactyl...no kidding around

What could it be..looked through 2 bird books and couldn't find it.


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post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by Willie'sLove
ok...so I know this doesn't have anything to do with cats...but I really need help and I know that on this site you can get 10 responses in like 1 minute...thanks

so, recently, my mom putin a pond (about 10 by 8 feet) and we've put fish in it along with baby turtles and tadpoles. We also put in plants.

Today, outside talking with an on old neighbor, we noticed this bird on our roof. It flew away very fast, but from the view we saw, the bird was gray, about 2 feet high, and had a wing span of about....3 1/2 feet or so. It had longish legs and was very odd looking. The neighbor says she's seen one in her yard before (maybe it followed her...lol)

But getting to the point....It looked REALLY like a pterodactyl...no kidding around

What could it be..looked through 2 bird books and couldn't find it.


Responces immediately!!

Depending on where you live it sounds like an Osprey
post #3 of 12
Be careful. The bird could be after the fish in your pond.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Willie'sLove
But getting to the point....It looked REALLY like a pterodactyl...no kidding around

What could it be..looked through 2 bird books and couldn't find it.

Responces immediately!!
Ok, here goes: it's not a pterodctyl.

Did that help?

Sorry, it's so late here it's early, and I'm a little punch drunk.

Except for colour I'd say a heron/crane? They sound convincingly preshistoric, too.

DixieDarlin's guess is probably closer.
post #5 of 12
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Yes... we do have a concern for that

Matter of fact..as I entered that thread...I realized where the turtles and tadpoles might have gone....we haven't seen them in over a week!

In a stomach, or already out?

Hopefully they're simply hiding very well!
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Willie'sLove
Yes... we do have a concern for that

Matter of fact..as I entered that thread...I realized where the turtles and tadpoles might have gone....we haven't seen them in over a week!

In a stomach, or already out?

Hopefully they're simply hiding very well!
Where do you live?
post #7 of 12
sorry pterodacty live africa, or least they do in the movies
heheh sorry just kidding.

Yes it was after your fish.

maybe it looked something like this?
http://www.fnal.gov/ecology/wildlife...Blue_Heron.jpg

and no you cant hurt them, they ate all the kori out of my uncles pound several times.

oops or as some else said it could have been a crane
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Actually, we're located on Long Island
post #9 of 12
It certainly sounds like a Heron! The Heron at my parents' had a jolly good couple of meals on our (inherited) Coi Karp!

You might want to think about adding netting over the pond to protect them!
post #10 of 12
Definitely sounds like a Heron. Heron's are territorial and if there is one around your fish pond no other heron will come around. SO, what you do is buy a fake heron and sit it beside your pond. Move it around every day or so and you will have no more problem with losing your amphibians.

My BIL and SIL just built a pond this past year and they had a heron coming to get their fish. This is what they were advised to do and it worked like a charm.
post #11 of 12
Did it look like this?



That is an adult blue heron.
post #12 of 12
I too say a heron or a crane. Some people that have ponds put netting (like netting for fruit trees) over the pond-not very attractive though. Another person bought bamboo poles and laid them in too directions to confuse the birds.
But they are going to want your fish!!!
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