Nice to see the frogs back

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Well that was quick, got the new pump up and running yesterday, saw a frogs head out of the water last night and had the first dollop of spawn this morning, not heard the usual croaking though but that will probably happen over the next few days.

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I noticed some movement in the pond last week which I attributed to a frog but couldn't say for sure. Subsequently a sodding cat took up station there and since that time I've lobbed 1) a potato and 2) a piece of olive wood at it in the vain hope it would send it a strong message to it to keep away.

Yesterday I saw a single frog and looking back at the OP noticed it was pretty much the same date for the sighting this year, it shows how the cold snap last year set everything back.

Anyway , plus ca change, frogs just clinging on to maintaining a population but under a clear threat from cats.
 

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Back again last weekend after another warm winter, noticed a cat hanging around the pond and saw the frogs the next day. A reliable and resilient bunch despite all of the pressures which bear on them but much diminished, heard the odd croak through summer but they were few and far between.
 

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I have/had a pond full of spawn, now tadpoles. I have not noticed any Toad spawn but we usually have plenty.
46 years ago I was using froglets as Pike and Perch bait and had a couple of handfuls left in a lunch box
along with some frozen sweetcorn so I took them home to my pond and have not looked back since.Rodders frog spawn.jpg
 
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Thought I heard a frog croaking yesterday while pottering around out the back but dismissed the idea as fanciful at the time. Walked past the pond just now and, hoorah, earlier than usual, a very smartly turned out male frog, brilliant!

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Had a quick look back in the thread and they're no earlier than usual, bang on time in fact.
 
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If they arrive near me I'll bang a hole in the ice. Rarely been above freezing in last few weeks.
 

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It's another planet up there, once again we've had very few frosts in coastal Wales, the pond's hardly frozen over and the outside loo's been in commission bar a couple of days. No frogs there, lots of newts in the water trough next to it though.
Rather than using butyl sheet I've found visqueen DPM to be an excellent liner, well over twelve years life so far.
 

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Expecting minus 17 in some areas tonight. Here on the coast minus 4.
 

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When I lived in a house with a spring fed pond there would normally be two distinct lots of frog spawn two weeks apart in february. The second batch was normally bigger. I rationalised this as following moon phases. Is this right or just coincidence?
 

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I think they respond to temperature more than any other factor and the rest comes down to local adaptation - interesting to hear the second batch was the biggest, no idea why that would be other than a large frog/ frogs repeat spawning, apparently they can live for up to 10 years.
 

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I think they respond to temperature more than any other factor and the rest comes down to local adaptation - interesting to hear the second batch was the biggest, no idea why that would be other than a large frog/ frogs repeat spawning, apparently they can live for up to 10 years.
By biggest I meant most - first batch say 4 or 5 clumps , second batch twice as much.
 

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I've some black yarn/wool coming tomorrow to make some tadpole patterns, plus the postman has been good enough to drop some elastic bands off onto the path so that I can trim them for legs
 
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