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mikebrown
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Posted: 14 Feb 2009

Found the first pair of Common Frogs in amplexus today for this year in my garden pond in Liverpool (appropriate date!), This is several weeks later than in recent winters, but hardly surprising considering we have had no mild spells in the last month, but at least it was 6 degrees today.

Mike


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Huddy
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Posted: 15 Feb 2009

No signs of common frog breeding up in north Cumbria yet . In the past i've seen amplexed pairs up to a month before the first spawn.

Paul Hudson


dave fixx
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Posted: 15 Feb 2009
Just glad to see one at all in my new pond,first one valentines day.
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Suzi
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Posted: 18 Feb 2009
Seeing up to 5 a night in my East Devon pond but these are all singles. They don't breed in my pond sadly.
Suz
Caleb
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Posted: 19 Feb 2009
A few frogs spawned in Gateshead on Monday night; a bit later than last year, but the very same date as 2006.

The Nature's calendar live map shows very few records so far this year.
Suzi
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Posted: 19 Feb 2009
OMG a clump of spawn in my pond in East Devon this morning! I take it all back from my post of yesterday. I am so proud I feel I've almost laid it myself! To thwart blackbirds I have put a metal grid over that area of pond. The frogs can still get in and out in other parts of the pond.
Suz
tim hamlett
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Posted: 19 Feb 2009

nice one suz

tim


lalchitri
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Posted: 27 Feb 2009
Netted my pond for an hour yesterday.
Results exceeded even my wildest expectations.
85 common frogs, including 11 pairs in amplexus.
16 smooth newts also - these usually tend to come about a month after the frogs.
I know the figure for the frogs is probably 100+, but I had to stop for lunch whilst I could still see them swimming and surfacing.
Also, the caught ones were starting to appear stressed.
Some just kept evading the net as well.
Interestingly found a clump of previously un-noticed and disintengrated (?newts) frogspawn at the bottom of the pond.
Since only 11 of 85 were females, I'm guessing more will come later.

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lalchitri
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Posted: 27 Feb 2009
first tubfull of 17 males



second lot of 26 males



11 romantic couples



last load of 20 males



16 newts - 10 male, 3 female, 3 neonates





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lalchitri
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Posted: 27 Feb 2009
Note the disintegrated spawn in the last pic.
I always get this with the first laid clump.
Lots of little clumps, instead of one big one.
Later laid clumps appear more normal.
Newts had their fill by then?

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lalchitri
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Posted: 28 Feb 2009
d-day : 20 clumps this morning to add to the previous one on thursday



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Vicar
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Posted: 02 Mar 2009
A little late, as usual here in my top of hill micro-climate in Surrey. First Spawn tonight. Have been watching activity on 'Pond Cam'...amazing activity tonight, compared to earlier in the week, where all the frogs might as well have been Gnome statuettes!

One thing.....


Leads to another...


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lalchitri
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Posted: 11 Mar 2009
I ended up with 42 clumps.
Huge jump from last years 6.
Since the pond is now 3 years old, I think all the original batch from 2006 came back this year.
Hoping for even more next year, since 2007 was a very good year.

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Neil Phillips
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Posted: 11 Mar 2009
Hi all Im new on here.  I thought I'd share some of the photos I got last week in Hainault forest, Essex









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Suzi
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Posted: 11 Mar 2009
Lovely pix. The second one down looks like they're posing! Or about to sing the Frog Chorus!
Suz
tim hamlett
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Posted: 11 Mar 2009

hi neil

some great shots there

we have one hopeful male waiting patiently in our pond...

we've all got our fingers crossed for him

tim


Baby Sue
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Posted: 24 Mar 2009
Hey Neil your shots are well mega! I like all the pics too. Baby Sue39896.2340393519
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