What would be good to plant around my pond to encourage water foul?:-)
Dried corn, BUT I found a warning you may want to consider.
It's from the website: http://redcreekwildlifecenter.com/blog/?p=40
The number of eggs laid by a pair of ducks or geese is in direct proportion to the amount of food available. When food is artificially added to an area by people feeding wildlife, the birds will over-populate an area very quickly. They also will remain in the area longer, contaminating the environment, making it unhealthy for people as well as wildlife.
Another good reason to avoid feeding geese is for their own protection - to ensure they retain their fear of humans. You may not pose a threat to their survival, but if they do not fear ALL humans, they are bound to run into an unfriendly one sooner or later.
In Jersey, there are places a person shouldn't walk as the goose feces are thick over the ground, just one big poopfest!!
Those are good reasons for me to not feed extra food to them,,,,just let them eat what will grow on it's own around the pond.
I wld. like to know why some birds fly south and others stay?
While country people enjoy seeing Canada geese, city people complain that these geese are dirty and disgusting. In city parks in New Jersey there are so many geese feeding on the green lawns of the parks and corporate headquarters, that goose hunts are authorized just to remove the geese from the parks. Literally hundreds of geese are hunted or caught and removed. In some cases crews and border collies are used to scare geese away. If you own land and want more geese you might offer to accept the captured geese and have them released on your lake instead. Contact NJ Fish and Wildlife. The histeria on local news about geese causing plane crashes has increased the public's anger toward geese. Personally, I still like to see them, but an over population of them would not be good either.
For geese, NJ and similar latitudes this IS south! Some do fly to other feeding grounds.
Good comments Patricia, and there's even an official "No Geese" sign (looks like a No Smoking sign with a goose instead). What's interesting about using dogs is that they prevent the geese from coming out of the water, which eventually causes them to leave for greener pastures.
Western states, I think either Washington or Oregon have an airport/bird system that has been effective ... perhaps other states should not reinvent the wheel.
Larry before you think of encouraging geese on to your land look at the size of their feet. They will flatten any vegitation they can't eat. They will always eat what you don't want them to and leave what you want them to eat. It's called over here 'sods law' Also regards of not being scared of humans, well I'm b.. scared of them. I have been attacked more than once by a gander and believe me it b.... hurts. That was when I worked at a bird rescue center as a volenteer, ungrateful sods.
I don't think the pond is big enough to attract enough of them to do much damage, and is far enough from the house to not attract them to the garden, so I don't see them causing too much damage,,,,but I could be wrong! I just want to get some to come in closer than they usually do in the hayfield out in front of the house!