Where's winter?? I've put my paddle up (kind of) for the winter and I'm ready for the snow. My backyard collects alot of wildlife for being in the city. With my pond I always have open water thru the winter that attracts birds. Today looking out my back window I saw a hawk! I snuck outside to photograph him but he flew off. While trying to get a inflight photo he was pounced on by a crow. I was able to get both in the view finder. The hawk wasn't the only discovery in my backyard. My pond pump is located in a cage under a rock formation. I had to switch out the pump with the tank heater today. When I got to the last rock before the pump cage there was a hybernating frog! He was pretty groggy but he'll winter over somewhere else in my pond with my Koi. I love my pond in the winter as it's an oasis of open water in the middle of the snow. Every morning I have all kinds of birds visiting. Now I'm just waiting for my deer herd to return...I guess they're a bit "busy" this time of year.