Still no spawn in my pond + haven't noticed any frog activity over the last couple of days. However noticed two spawn clumps in a nursery plastic tray about 3 inches deep on the patio. The last couple of years I've transferred a small amount of spawn from the pond into this as the newts now get to devour most in the pond. First time frogs have directly deposited in here. My partner said she saw one clump 3 days ago + assumed I'd moved it, but hadn't even seen it until today.
Some photos of frogs in the pond in the baskets I've hung around the edges for them to lay their spawn in... they will kick out all the watercress overnight, so I have to put it all back again in the morning.
There's quite a few out there now, but they dive the minute I go out with the camera. I was only able to get photos of these three.
Foxy, it might just be because those particular frogs have returned to where they've spawned and are early? I'm never sure what provokes activity in our pond, although I know it does become busier once the sun starts to fall on the water, (which ought to be in the next few weeks.)
A few photos of a few of the frogs in our pond this morning- I counted twenty-two in all, although I'm sure there were more submerged.
The 'black egg' of my frogspawn is changing shape and looking a bit 'tadpoleish' in the 2 cat litter pools. I didn't put any in the bigger pond as that hasn't been up & running as long so less likely to be suitable yet. The plants (creeping jenny, marsh marigold & hornwort) are starting to grow & 'Tesco's best' watercress is looking healthier than when I threw it in so may be the warmer weather we've had this week is helping.
I have a large jar of water to which I've added watercress, a little bit spawn & some live daphnia is a bit more advanced in as much as one tiny tadpole has come away from the 'jelly' and is clinging to the jar and wiggling and the few others seem to be moving in their 'jelly'. I'm only hoping that if they do hatch there's enough food in the water to help them grow. The water for the small pools & the jar is from a frog hotspot. The water in the bigger pond is new rainwater so may have to 'seed' it with suitable water if the plants don't get it conditioned in time.
It's been 11 days since I did the rounds of the 2 frog 'hot spots' that haven,t shown any signs of frogs or spawn till now. Today we took the dog for a walk (she love the place almost as much as me lol), what a difference! There must have been over 100 frogs at 1 place & could well have been over 200 at the other. Spawn in abundance at both places but it's obviously early days so lots more to come judging by the number of frogs in amplexus and all the croaking going on.
Can't wait till my next visit when hopefully the tadpole will be fully formed and swimming about.
I was always under the impression that frogs were more active during the night yet for as long as I care to remember I've seen very active frogs during the day.
Today the 2 hotspots I visited were teeming with active frogs and the croaking was loud. Does this mean that, at spawning time they are active day & night (or the frogs in the NE just weird? I know that as a kid I used to collect the young frogs on mass during the day.
For the last few days I've had some tadpoles (small quantity of spawn kept indoors in a large jar) that had broken out of the jelly but still feeding from it. Since Sunday they have been free of the jelly but not moving about much. Today they are all (approx. 15) swimming & feeding from algae on the watercress etc. and are growing well. I'll have to transfer them to a larger container as they grow bigger and then in to the large pond at a later date.
The spawn in the pools (from which the indoor spawn was taken) is developing but more slowly due to the colder temperature outside but at least the exercise has proved the conditions & spawn are viable, looks like the ponds will support some to the frog stage. Whether the surroundings will be suitable for resident frog, only time will tell.
despite having far more frogs in the pond this year than ever before, we have only six small (tennis ball size) clumps of spawn so far, and with most of the frogs now departed, does not seem as though we will get any more spawn being laid. not sure if this is having vastly more males return than females, or some other factor is involved,