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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Jacksparrow » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:53 pm

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Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:21 am
I do believe the technical term is: "casing the joint". Maybe time for Operation Heronguard to kick in ....
In past years once the spawning has finished at least half a dozen frogs have hung around in the ponds for a little while. This year there were only two. Maybe the Heron spooked them one day when I wasn't about :shrug:

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Jacksparrow » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:54 pm

I now have few free swimming Tadders but the majority are still scoffing the jelly.

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Placido » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:00 am

Given that the frogsprogs are early this year, I s'pose a heron can't believe its luck !! :munch:

Finished all the Hartley's already ?!?!? Bumper year :nod:

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Jacksparrow » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:01 pm

Some rather grim news on the tadpole front. I have been looking intently in their pond over the last few days and have not seen one. Usually warm sunshine brings them to the surface but none are in sight. :(
Probably it was bit much to expect what was almost a new pond to support all the spawn. I am now wishing I'd transferred some of it to the other pond but that ship has sailed :grumpy:

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Placido » Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:52 am

Oh no, no sightings ?!?! Another warm day looming ........

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Jacksparrow » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:15 pm

It appears I was a little hasty when I concluded that all my tadpoles had perished :nod: I happened to be looking in the pond today as an adult Frog had caught my eye when I noticed the very small swirls that the young Tadders usually make at the waters edge. I have still only seen about ten so I'm not getting out the champagne. :shake:

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Placido » Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:32 am

That's very good news, Jacksparrow. Fingers crossed and all that - see 10 there may be 1,000 ?

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Jacksparrow » Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:13 pm

The warm morning sunshine tempted them to the top of the pond again today. I'm still not convinced there are hundreds lurking in the murky depths.

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Jacksparrow » Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:26 pm

A good few of the tadpoles where causing a shimmer in the shallow end of their pond today an event that didn't go unnoticed by one of my resident Blackbirds. He decided he'd risk getting wet feet to gain an easy meal. Fortunately for the tadders I was watching. I persuaded him to return to terra firma and then fed him some sultanas as a distraction. It worked but I doubt he'll forget and will be back. :blackbird:

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Re: TADPOLES

Post by Placido » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:35 am

:eek: Hmmmmm, baby blackies are a huge imperative.

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