Not sure what kind of spider this is, but the spider made a really neat web.
We think this may be a Juvenile Blue Heron. Unlike most people with ponds we love having the Herons visit our pond and are happy to share any fish that might be in the pond with them. They are sorta clumsy looking birds when they take off, but they are very graceful flying. It's possible this might be a Mississippi Sandhill Crane but Mommy doesn't think so. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge isn't too far from us though.
~Alasandra, The Cats & Dogs