We have this pond out behind our back fence. When we bought the house we understood the pond wasn’t our property, rather it was owned and maintained by the homeowners association. Shortly after becoming home owners we were curious and pulled our own property card to learn exactly how far out we owned since we were planning to expand our gardening space and perhaps our back fence.
The property card showed us as being shared owners of the pond, all the way across the water and backing up to the other community’s back yards. This was good news in terms of extra land but bad news in terms of responsibility for the quickly deteriorating state of the pond area. Some of our fellow pond owners refuse to mow the grass behind their back fences that was always part of their home’s lot, getting them to step up and take responsibility for the pond upkeep is destined for failure.
The pond has algae and is also overrun with pond reeds, to the point that last year and also this year you can’t even see the pond water anymore. So, between us and our next-door neighbors we bought the stuff to kill of the pond reeds and have been in the process of removing them this week.
The displaced eggs I put in the shore side nest are being cared for too! I’ve seen the female red winged blackbird sitting on them in the mornings. So, things are looking improved though. We just need to dispose of the clipped and dead pond reeds now.