Yesterday it was my first caterpillar; today saw another, rather different first sighting for 2021. Though it’s a bit earlier than the last couple of years, I spotted my first frog spawn, at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, not in any of the official ponds but rather in an area of the west paddock that is so water-logged from all the rain we’ve had this year that there are several large temporary pools.
I wonder if frog spawn can survive freezing and thawing? We’ve not had any snow but there’s a bitterly cold wind blowing straight from the Arctic and our temperatures are forecast to be mostly below zero for a few days. It will be interesting to see if the spawn can survive this chilly blast and continue to develop into tadpoles. I’ll keep you posted.
Dave Miles said:
I’ve noticed an increase in frog activity in our little pond but no sign of spawn yet. One year we had the spawn freeze for a while and no tadpoles. I think it depends on how long its frozen for.
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Thanks for those observations, Dave. It must be lovely to have your own pond with all its associated wildlife. 🙂
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