Friday, March 20

Getting it right this time

As you will know if you read Martyn's blog post we were surprised to find frog spawn in an usual place. Either the frogs were sporting L plates or passions were so high that they couldn't make it to the pond. There were no sign of any frogs which was unusual. The spawning period is a time of frenetic froggy action most years with some frogs hanging around to guard the spawn for a while.

This morning when I went into the garden I heard a tell-tale plop so went for a closer look. No frog but ...
Can you spot it? Let's look closer ...
On first sight the clump looks quite small but if you look closer to the left of the clump you can see there is lots more beneath the surface. What's more there is a second clump.
Then as I turned away I heard a second unmistakable sound and spotted him.
A lone male frog was singing (well it is singing to a female frogs ears). He is ever hopeful so maybe things are only just getting started.

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  1. Lovely to see. Let's hope you have lots of tadpoles.

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  2. I hope the fish don't gobble it all up.

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    1. So do I, Ji Maybe you need to seed your pond with some spawn as the frogs are supposed to go back to the pond if their birth to spawn

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  3. I always loved our peepers at my last house. I've never seen a frog or toad here.

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    1. Peepers, Daphne? That's cute I can see why you call them that, Besides the frogs in the garden we have lots of frogs, toads and newts in the plot.

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  4. Oh.....how I love frogs, yours is a handsome chap. Isn't it great to see the frog spawn, there is lots in my pond too.xxx

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    1. He was joined by more later in the day, Dina and there was much froggy frolicking

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  5. I have never seen any frogs in my garden. Maybe that's because my "pond" is too small. My micro-pond is only about the size of those pot-saucers of yours. Let's hope your frogs do their bit towards keeping the mollusc population in check.

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    1. As I replied to Jo - you may need to introduce some spawn to get things started., Mark You could head up to Yorkshire with a bucket,

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  6. I've been reading Martyn's blog and was wondering what happened to the frog spawn in the "platter"...were they put in the pond? Looks like these frog spawn are in just the right spot and you should have lots of tadpoles and frogs. Loved the photo of the frog :)

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    1. We did wonder about popping a colander or planting basket in the pond, Juliet but I think now we have more than enough in the pond, Maybe we will need to take it for a ride to find a new home

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  7. Did you make a decision over Martyn's platters of frog spawn yet?
    I don't have a pond, but next door does, a lovely natural spring fed one, and we usually have lots of frogs {and toads} in our gardens. However, change of ownership and new owners put a creosote coated fence panel across the top of the pond for "Health and Safety" purposes, and this is now the second year we haven't seen any frogs or spawn in the pond.Last year I only saw one in the garden. I do not have endless supplies to sufficient fresh water to make my own pond, or else I would.

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    1. As I replied to Juliet, I thunk we will have to think about relocation Deb

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  8. Hope you get lots of tadpoles. We do have frogs and toads but we also have salamanders.These are the ones I would like to see spawning but never have. It is supposed to happen very early, the moment the snow and ice is melting.

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    1. Salamanders - how exciting Alain, We have newts at the allotment but I have never seen them spawn either. The eggs are 'laid' individually stuck to weed so they would be less noticeable anyway,

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  9. What a handsome looking frog.. still haven't got any frogs here again this year.. I will have to find someone with some frog spawn so I can pinch some and put in our pond :o)

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    1. Pity that you don't live close by, Julie,

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  10. Maybe it's not too late to get some in our pond then. I'll stay hopeful a bit longer.

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    1. Fingers crossed for you Patsy - it was all systems go in the pond yesterday afternoon

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  11. I feel sad whenever I see frog spawn in other peoples ponds. We had it also in ours last year, and there were few frogs, but this yer, for some reason, no sign of frogs:(((

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