A milder and very wet evening has triggered the first significant amphibian movement since early December in Northiam. A posse of rather flabby male common frogs were sat around the margins of our garden pond at 7pm, while a female was found on a nearby road en-route to meet them. Such mild weather in January/February is a good time to study frogs around here. Just prior to, and during spawning, the ponds are full of activity and very entertaining. Once breeding is over they return to being rather unobtrusive garden animals again.
The rather poor photograph above shows a pair of common frogs, with the female on the left. Read the rest of this entry »