Roseland Farm is located in Upstate, NY
just East of Rochester, NY. The farm offers 38 acres of woods and fields for supervised
romps, running with free abandonment, for our Great Dane German Shepherd and
Lowchen. The farm is also home to a variety of wild creatures; fox,
turkey, deer, raccoons, rabbits, woodchucks, muskrat, all kinds of birds
and an occasional coyote. These wild animals keep our dogs busy announcing when the
animals are visiting.
Below is one of the wildlife visitors to our pond in the
spring of 2005. There were about 8 or 10 baby ducks running around the
back yard and they were seen swimming around the pond all day. Although an
adult female Mallard did show up towards the end of the day, we were not sure if
that was the Mom or if these babies were orphans. We only saw them the one
day. Back behind our pond is a wooded area that floods during the spring and we
know that there are Mallard ducks that hatch a clutch of ducklings in this area
in the springtime.
It is always amazing when we see a different wild animal visiting our pond.
Below is a picture of a black mink who entered the pond in November 2005.
I think it was trying to catch a goldfish but we never really saw it eating
Our 2006 addition to the wild animals visiting the pond is a turkey.
Several years ago NY state released wild turkeys to reintroduce them into the
environment. They have done well and we have heard and seen them in the
back section of our farm.
2007 brought another visitor to our pond. A diving duck showed up on the
open circle of water created by the windmill. The duck stayed all day,
sleeping and diving under the water.
Early in the fall, 2007, we had another visitor to our pond area. A red fox was
seen almost every morning for about a week, playing around the pond.
And our most frequent visitors, winter and summer, are the Blue Herons. Those
along with the Kingfisher during the warm months keep the frog population to a
"reasonable" level. Our pond produces hundreds of thousands of frogs every
It has been a while since we have seen a different type of animal in our
pond. We had a pair of Canadian Geese who started visiting years ago. The first couple of years they first came, they stayed
for a day or two and then moved on. Then, the female climbed up
on the island in the pond and built a nest. She laid eggs, but for
some reason, right after a weird storm, both the male and the female
disappeared. There were eggs in the nest that had been blown out of
the nest. We never saw the geese again that year. In 2012, the
pair were back and the female fixed up the nest and sat eggs for a month.
Then again, they disappeared, but this time, the nest was empty. The
assumption was that the goslings had hatched and they took them back into
the woods/swamp. A couple of weeks later, the male, female and 3
goslings showed back up on the pond. They did not stay long and were
gone again. In 2015 the geese did not return. Since they were
migrating geese, the assumption is that perhaps they died of old age or were
harvested during hunting season.
In 2014 a muskrat moved into the pond. Since their favorite food is
cattails and since the pond had become relatively clogged with them, it was
a welcome visit. By the end of the year there were only a few cattails
left. Starting the year in 2017, the cattails are again starting to
take over the pond, so hopefully another muskerat will move in for the
summer and rid the pond of the cattails.