Thursday, March 9

They have arrived

This morning when looking out of our bedroom window, Martyn noticed movement in the garden pond.

The frogs have arrived and by the amount of spawn in the pond they have been very busy.
Last year we first photographed frogs in the pond on 2 April. That's almost a month earlier than last year when we had almost given up on them.

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  1. The first year I had a pond there was frogspawn in January, I couldn't believe it! I must have had at least a dozen in my tiny pond this year. They've mostly dispersed now. It's going to be a good year for frogs I think. A shame there aren't more ponds around for them. The children's school is trying to fill in their wildlife pond. I'm trying my best to persuade them not to.

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    1. I hope you succeed on changing the school's mind. There are so many educational opportunities for the children having a wildlife pond.

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  2. Looks like spring is on its way

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  3. I guess there is still time for winter to sneak another few days in, John.

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  4. So cute! And lots of babies to come - that will be one busy pond this year.

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    1. I'm afraid lots of those babies won't see froghood, Margaret.

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  5. That's a good sign of spring on the way Sue! ;)

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    1. I hope so,Malar but winter may still make a comeback

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  6. I am jealous! I love to listen to the frogs in the spring. I still have three more months before we will hear their beautiful music. I'm glad you get the enjoyment so early.

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  7. We have huge frogs cavorting in our small pond and lots of frogspawn already. I find them grotesque but fascinating.

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    1. I love frogs, L I think thet are rather cute!

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  8. I'm so happy for you to see this. It was a regular occurrence in a neighbouring garden every year until the new owners slapped a treated grid fence panel over the top of the pond for "health and safety" ~ ever since then I haven't seen a single frog in our garden and this annual spectacle is a thing of the past.

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    1. That is a shame, Deborah. Wasn't there a grid with wide enough spaces to let frogs through? Our pond isn't a traditional wildlife pond. It is mostly surrounded by a low wall but the wildlife doesn't seem to let that stop them.

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    2. It was one of those tanalised fence panels. Lots of space for frogs to hop in and out through, but I think the chemicals in the treated wood have {once again} wrecked their havoc. Very sad. They are also responsible for the plague of Spanish bluebells invading my garden.

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  9. Yes! I love frogs - congratulations on all the tiny babies 😄🐸

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    1. I am afraid it is unlikely that many will survive, Carrie

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  10. We visited a friends garden today, their pond contained a huge amount of spawn. Does this mean an early spring?

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    1. I think these are about on schedule, Brian - I haven't tried kissing any though

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  11. Yaaaaay! It's amazing how first appearances vary from year to year.

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    1. As long as they keep coming, Anna

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  12. What a great photo! The frogs are very busy in my pond too. Hopefully it's a sign that we shall have a good spring.xxx

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    1. That would be most welcome, Dina

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