I noticed 6 frogs in my pond yesterday with the heads poking above the water. With a wet night I suspect they may have been active but no spawn (fortunately) yet. When I got home before dark I did see a little splashing.
Today must be the first of day of spring. The frogs have started spawning.
7th Feb in my garden pond.
I came across this unusual (to me) sight on my walk this afternoon, frogspawn in a puddle, there's no shortage of ditches around this part of the Forest which hold water all year, so this seems slightly feckless.
Second pic hopefully puts the puddle in context, (btw, this was a nice intimate little path until the FC hacked it all back in the Autumn, you could, if you so wanted, touch the vegetation on both sides as you walked through there).
you would think that as they are said to return to their place of spawning, that the generations of frogs spawning in places like this would have died out, leaving only the smarter ones who spawn in deeper/more permanent bodies of water, which makes me wonder if they spawn wherever they find the first bit of water or not.
I think with so many garden ponds being filled for safety reasons, and so many streams being polluted by runoff, they might just being spawning in any relatively clean-ish puddles they can find.
Then again, (and I say this in all kindness, because I am very fond of my froggies!) I don't think 'smart' and 'frog' are two words that often go together, (especially given their fondness for falling down drains.... ewwww!)
The sun came out and what a lovely afternoon it was. Certainly brought the frogs out! I counted at least forty plus in the pond. I think they were all males as it was like a Frog Eisteddfod! As time went on they got louder and louder. Then the sun went in and they all disappeared. Not one to be seen or heard anywhere.
Noticed the first clump of frog spawn in my pond this morning. I didn't notice it yesterday when I topped up the feeders though it was pretty frosty this morning, though no ice on the pond.
Looking out the window after returning from my local patch + I couldn't see the clump of spawn that was there yesterday. Looking more closely from the garden there appear to be a few isolated eggs floating around. As the clump was near the back of the pond I'm wondering whether one of the Foxes have eaten the rest? Seems the only likely answer- I don't think cats would bother with it + I've never had Herons or Mallard in the garden (only flyovers).
Frustrating! Hopefully plenty more spawn to come when it warms up a little.
No only laying water drains away when weather warms, the only other water is a burn with flowing water. Mind we have had a year of weather the wettest on record, so the ground is seriously wet, so hopefully the puddles will stay with water till they mature.