|Sunfish, by Starr White|
Right now they are spawning in our creek. It is fascinating to watch them. They build nests like a bird! The male picks out a nice, quiet spot and cleans away all the mud and debris by swishing his tail like a broom. Then, he builds up the sides of the nest into a bowl shape by carefully selecting pebbles and piling them up all around the sides. Then he courts a female who will lay her eggs in the nest. He fertilizes the eggs and guards the nest until the eggs hatch. Then, when the babies are on their way, he and the Mrs. move on downstream to deeper waters. At the moment, our little pond beneath the waterfall is a sunfish nursery! We are enjoying watching them and feeding them and trying to get them to eat out of our hands. We're getting close!