Good news. The new end of the pond filled up nicely. As you can see in the picture of the two together, the new part with the dirty water is a bit higher than the old part.
Also the old part did not lose much water. It looked about the same height as it was after I had added more water yesterday with the pump.
Since the old part was doing well and the new water was still rather dirty, I decided to wait another day before digging out the land bridge between the two. Instead I worked on filling the dump trailer with the dirt I had dug up and taking it back to the house for the new raised garden beds.
We’re so lucky to have this sandy loam available in the places where I want to make little ponds anyway. With some added organic matter, it is great for raised beds. I took three loads over to the house. It is quite a process to do that and a lot of work. Maybe some day I will describe it in detail.
This last picture shows some of the critters being rescued by all this work. You can click on the picture to see the full size version and get a good look at the tadpoles. What are those green things in the egg sacs? I don’t know.