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Frog Spawn

I had another check of the pond for frog spawn today and wasn't at all surprised to see several more clumps of frog spawn. I sat quietly on a nearby bench and after a short while I noticed a few large ripples emanating from the same spot in the pond and after a short while a frog poked its head out of the water. I sat as still and as quietly as I could as we stared at each other but I eventually had to move my arm and the frog instantly disappeared beneath the surface again.

Photo: Frog spawn in our pond


Frog Spawn

Apart from the last week or two we've had a very mild winter here on the Isle of Man - I "blame" fitting winter tyres on my wife's car for the first time for that. The past couple of weeks have been a bit colder, but nothing like the sub zero temperatures and snow they have recently had over the water in the UK.

I've been checking our small garden pond for frog spawn every few days, when I remember, and today I saw one small clump of frog spawn. We had about three separate spawnings last year and I expect it to follow a similar pattern this year.


Frog Spawn

On my way down our garden to the shed this morning I noticed a bit of splashing in our pond and was pleased to see frogs laying thier spawn.I had thought it was later this year, but on checking back a few years it seems marginally earlier.

Photo: Frog spawn in pond

They always lay it in the shallow end of the pond, which sometimes dries out a little. I which they would spawn in the deep end but they definately prefer the shallow end each year.


Frog Spawn

The unusually cold winter had delayed the appearance of frog spawn in our pond this year, but when I checked today there were about six or seven clumps of frog spawn in the shallow end of our pond. I'd expect more to appear as it hopefully warms up a bit more.


New life in the pond

A few weeks ago we noticed that we had lost our three fish, presumably to a predator like a heron. While I was sorry for the fish I was n't too bothered about not having any as the pond was made for wildlife and we'd never intended to have any fish. We suspected that the fish sometimes ate the tadpoles as well.

While watching the tadpoles today and noticing how some were already small frogs, some were tadpoles with legs and some still looked plain tadpoles and hadn't changed in the past few months, we noticed three baby fish, two quite light colour and one dark colour. It looks like our fish had bred before being disappearing and we had three of their offspring left.