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Looking through the years of recording, this is the earliest yet – which makes sense since it has been such a mild (and wet) winter. I hope they haven’t leapt in (see what I did there? ) too soon.

The records:
2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2
2015 20/2
2016 2/2

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frogspawn 2015

frogspawn
Spring has sprung.  Well according to at least one frog anyway.  I’ve been watching and listening to all the frog croaking in the pond and they (rashly in my opinion) now deem it warm enough to start the next generation.

So I can now add to my frogspawn sighting records for this pond:
2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2
2015 20/2

Which I guess shows there is a lot of variance, but they seem to be about on time this year. I’m not sure this first lot of frogspawn will make it – there are cold nights ahead.. but from the sounds coming from the pond, there will be more

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sprung

frogspawn
It’s official.  Spring has sprung.

By official I mean – according to our frog population – and they are the experts, although the snowdrops and helebores know a thing or two about it.
hellebores and snowdrops

Interestingly, although this winter has seemed hideous long and wet, I guess because it hasn’t been that cold, the frog spawn moment is at the early end of the scale; I’ve been recording the first sighting in the same pond over some years:

2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2

A bit of warmth, a bit of sunshine and spring seems possible again.

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spring, in pictures

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frog

helebore

hawthorn

snowdrop

primroses

crocus and snowdrops

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frogspawnSpotted the first frogspawn today. Been checking the pond every day as I go past, and there it is today, so that’s 8 days earlier than last year.  I guess there will be a bit of fluctuation, but it will be interesting to see if this earlier trend keeps happening.  According to the woodland trust, the trend is for earlier sightings, of frogspawn and other spring clues ( I saw my first red admiral butterfly last week too). Not a bad home ed resource, by the way.

Of course, once again the frogspawn is only in the overflow/bog garden bit, as we have goldfish (inherited from previous owner), in the main pond.  I don’t feed the fish, and they are not breeding as fast as when they were pampered (previous owner!), gave some fish away to neighbours, and removed the fake heron, and the anti heron wall, but as yet, no heron has been for lunch.. so any frogspawn in the pond is mostly eaten.

It’s not that I don’t like goldfish.. just they are a bit hard on the rest of the pond population!

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