RAUK - Archived Forum - Frogs Spawning

This contains the Forum posts up until the end of March, 2011. Posts may be viewed but cannot be edited or replied to - nor can new posts be made. More recent posts can be seen on the new Forum at http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/forum/

Forum Home

Frogs Spawning:

Author Message
Peter Vaughan
Senior Member
Joined: 21 Mar 2005
No. of posts: 170


View other posts by Peter Vaughan
Posted: 13 Feb 2011
In a small south Hampshire pond yesterday there were approximately 100 frogs, making a very fine call chorus around mid-day, and with a few masses of spawn already produced.    
Peter Vaughan
Shawit
Member
Joined: 08 Apr 2010
No. of posts: 7


View other posts by Shawit
Posted: 13 Feb 2011

2 clumps of spawn in my small garden pond this morning in Central bristol. At it again tonight. Only 8 frogs visible when in past years there has been between 40 - 60. Also spawning in local park tonight.

Earliest spawning in the last 7 years I've lived at the house was February 24th and more often in early March. I'm hoping more frogs turn up in a couple of weeks and the harsh December weather didn't crash the adult population.


Baby Sue
Senior Member
Joined: 19 Feb 2008
No. of posts: 412


View other posts by Baby Sue
Posted: 14 Feb 2011


I wanted presents from lots of you. Snot fair that Ben Rigsby was the only one to send me Xmas & birthday presents.
Suzi
Senior Member
Joined: 06 Apr 2005
No. of posts: 860


View other posts by Suzi
Posted: 14 Feb 2011
A frog or maybe two in my East Devon pond for a few days now. However when scraping some duckweed off today another dead frog was floating below the surface. 
Suz
Shawit
Member
Joined: 08 Apr 2010
No. of posts: 7


View other posts by Shawit
Posted: 14 Feb 2011
3 more clumps this morning. Interestingly, they've used the smaller, shallower of my 2 ponds. In previous years they've shunned this pond. The water in the larger of the 2 ponds looks clear but smells ( like dead hidden frog corpses?! ) - I wonder if this has anything to do with the switch.
Baby Sue
Senior Member
Joined: 19 Feb 2008
No. of posts: 412


View other posts by Baby Sue
Posted: 15 Feb 2011


I wanted presents from lots of you. Snot fair that Ben Rigsby was the only one to send me Xmas & birthday presents.
Caleb
Forum Coordinator
Joined: 17 Feb 2003
No. of posts: 448


View other posts by Caleb
Posted: 15 Feb 2011
Several clumps near where I work in Gateshead this lunchtime.
Suzi
Senior Member
Joined: 06 Apr 2005
No. of posts: 860


View other posts by Suzi
Posted: 15 Feb 2011
I am wondering if the position of my pond is the reason why it doesn't have early spawn. It is starting to catch the sun now but is not in full sun. When combined with the fact that it is a deep pond with no shallows it probably has colder water. Or am I wrong and this sort of thing doesn't matter?
Suz
Scale
Senior Member
Joined: 05 Dec 2010
No. of posts: 83


View other posts by Scale
Posted: 16 Feb 2011
I reckon you're probably right Suzi. Frogs are more able to
over-winter in deeper garden ponds so could potentially
'breed' earlier in the season if shallow, sunny margins are
made available to them.

Get yer shovel out and dig!!
ben rigsby
Senior Member
Joined: 27 Apr 2010
No. of posts: 337


View other posts by ben rigsby
Posted: 16 Feb 2011
tks for posting all!

i think so too suz.
ive got 2 ponds.
half of the larger, deeper one gets full sun ALL day, the rest of it only part of the day.

noting (as you did with yours) that newts were quaffing most of the spawn/hanging stage tads (esp at night), i hastily constructed a second, shallower pool at a much higher elevation one year.
the whole thing gets full sun all day.

i only meant it to be temporary - it looks pretty shoddy!!

but it has remained here ever since.
because the next year (and hitherto) around 70% of the 100+ frogs i get, instantly switched preference.
there was almost more spawn than water in it last year
i always let this one succeed to more of a "marshy"-type habitat with much more emergent plant cover as the year progresses (mainly marsh marigold, yellow flag, brooklime and watercress) than the other - so theres loads of hiding places for metamorphs.
no management til early winter.

its a sort of counterpoint to the more open feel of the other pond.
it seems to help. froglets are much easier to find in the little 1.

newts make their way to it too of course (esp palmates) but not in the same number as the main pond.
possibly because most of the hibernacula are nearer to the big one.

BACK TO MAIN TOPIC;
no spawn here (Glos) yet but saw around 80 newts and around 50 frogs tonight. inc several pairs in amplexus. heard a couple calling.

Diversity.
Baby Sue
Senior Member
Joined: 19 Feb 2008
No. of posts: 412


View other posts by Baby Sue
Posted: 17 Feb 2011
I wanna see pics of your ponds.
I wanted presents from lots of you. Snot fair that Ben Rigsby was the only one to send me Xmas & birthday presents.
Shawit
Member
Joined: 08 Apr 2010
No. of posts: 7


View other posts by Shawit
Posted: 17 Feb 2011

The frogs in my 2 ponds have spawned ( for the first time ) in the shallowest area of the smallest pond. This area receives sunlight in the morning. The other pond they usually spawn in is much deeper but receives more sunlight.

Interestingly, new frogs have turned up in the last couple of days that are now in amplexus ( presumably haven't spawned ) and are in the larger pond they usually spawn in. In previous years it's always 1 big fiesta on 1 night. This year it seems to be staggered.

( If I had the skills I would post photos )

Shawit40591.9516550926
Baby Sue
Senior Member
Joined: 19 Feb 2008
No. of posts: 412


View other posts by Baby Sue
Posted: 21 Feb 2011

[QUOTE=Shawit]( If I had the skills I would post photos )[/QUOTE]

.......

 

[QUOTE=Baby Sue]

[QUOTE=Scale]If anyone can let me know how to post pics here, i'll
send you one of an abandoned baby Polecat i found.  [/QUOTE]

Try this.....

 

 

Baby SueĘs Instructions On How To Post Photos: -

 

Go to here http://photobucket.com/ and set up an account. Photobucket should send you an email giving you basic instructions of how to activate your account, do it.

Once the account is activated go back to http://photobucket.com/ and log in.

Click on ęUpload nowĘ.

Click ęSelect photos and videosĘ.

Find and select the photo on your computer that you want to upload. Click open.

In a few seconds you should have the option to click ęSave and continue to my albumĘ.

Your photo will appear on the page. If you point your mouse on the photo, 4 lines will appear. The bottom one says 'IMG Code'. Left click within the box to the right of that. It will temporarily say ęCopiedĘ.

Come back to this board and start a post. Right hand click. Go to 'Paste'. If you do a preview now your photo should appear.

[/QUOTE]


I wanted presents from lots of you. Snot fair that Ben Rigsby was the only one to send me Xmas & birthday presents.
Baby Sue
Senior Member
Joined: 19 Feb 2008
No. of posts: 412


View other posts by Baby Sue
Posted: 21 Feb 2011

I always feel a month behind you lot all talking about your frog sightings and spawn, it always happens much later up north.


I wanted presents from lots of you. Snot fair that Ben Rigsby was the only one to send me Xmas & birthday presents.

- Frogs Spawning

Content here