Friday, 18 April 2014

Daisy and I took a walk down to the frog pond

Frisky froggies –see the eggs below!
It's the most exciting season of the year, although I love the changes for them all!

The frogs were singing merrily until we got down there. You can hear them in the first video. The wood frogs are the first to awaken. This is mating season when they call for love.

They all headed for the hills, or, at least, under the water once we arrived. I sat there quietly, and several came cautiously up to the surface. They didn't resume their chorus, even thought Daisy got bored and took off. She was hot to trot.
They are wee, but have mighty croaks!

As I walked around the pond, I spotted this frog. When I went back to the house and uploaded the photo, I realized there were two of them. You can even see the eggs underneath. This is the moment of creation!

The frog pond isn't entirely thawed out!
The water is frigid.
Daisy and I saw a large bullfrog tadpole (they grow for two years before they metamorphose into a frog) and some sort of red water spider! The water beetles are swimming about, too.

Wood frogs in pond from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Frog pond critters awake from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.


Roan said...

I enjoy hearing the frogs at dusk. We garden near my brother's pond and often stay late enough to hear them sing. There is some kind of frog at his pond that sounds like its laughing. It's a bit creepy at night.

DeniseinVA said...

It was interesting to listen to all the sounds of the frogs on the video. A very interesting post and enjoyed the photos. Thank you :)

Christine said...

Love spring!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They are so cute! I can't believe how tiny they are.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Nicely captured Jenn, what a fun walk.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's great that you have so many frogs! They are becoming endangered. I get posts on Facebook from a group called 'Save the Frogs' has some good info.

William Kendall said...

That's such a tiny frog!

Red said...

You have far more patience than I do to wait for frogs to put in an appearance.

eileeninmd said...

I love listening to the frogs. Loved the video and the photos. Nice walk. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Easter!

Phil Slade said...

Such a tiny but lovely frog. Frogs do seem to have exceptionally loud calls for their size.