The annual invasion

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Happy Hayes » Mon Apr 15 2019 21:42

Actually found one in the pond
Now it’s gone , hope the fish haven’t had him :cry:
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Mon Apr 15 2019 21:48

Happy Hayes wrote:
Actually found one in the pond
Now it’s gone , hope the fish haven’t had him :cry:
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A newt?

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Happy Hayes » Mon Apr 15 2019 21:53

davelumb wrote:
Happy Hayes wrote:
Actually found one in the pond
Now it’s gone , hope the fish haven’t had him :cry:
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A newt?
Sorry Mr Lumb ,
A Frog 🐸
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Mon Apr 15 2019 21:57

Happy Hayes wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Happy Hayes wrote:
Actually found one in the pond
Now it’s gone , hope the fish haven’t had him :cry:
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A newt?
Sorry Mr Lumb ,
A Frog 🐸
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I reckon they'd have to be big fish to eat a frog.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Happy Hayes » Mon Apr 15 2019 22:22

In with the koi’s
I’ve got a couple of Mirror carp that must go double figures.
The pond is roughly 5 foot deep with a raised edge with coping stones on the top hanging over the water .
As I don’t have a island, l don’t know how a frog etc could get out of the pond .
On the odd occasions that I’ve seen them they squeeze between the liner and the coping stone .
This year I’ll be constructing a floating island,hopefully giving them somewhere to rest up .
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Freako » Mon Apr 15 2019 22:22

davelumb wrote:
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Frog pics are easy.
When you have a tame (plastic) frog! :tongues:

Counted five newts in my pond today. :grin:
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Mon Apr 15 2019 22:26

Happy Hayes wrote:
In with the koi’s
I’ve got a couple of Mirror carp that must go double figures.
The pond is roughly 5 foot deep with a raised edge with coping stones on the top hanging over the water .
As I don’t have a island, l don’t know how a frog etc could get out of the pond .
On the odd occasions that I’ve seen them they squeeze between the liner and the coping stone .
This year I’ll be constructing a floating island,hopefully giving them somewhere to rest up .
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Poor froggy. :pale:

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Sat May 25 2019 15:07

I've finally got a new liner for the pond which was rapidly shrinking. Today I evicted three frogs and I put thousands of tadpoles in two buckets while I put the liner in. Fingers crossed some of them will survive. I left some of the sludge from the bottom of the pond in the buckets and have put them in the pond for the time being. I'll let the water settle a day or two before topping it up and finishing the work.

While re-profiling the pond I thought I'd found a dead newt. It's legs were rigid but it's tail limp and it didn't look dead despite not moving. I put it on a rock and went for a camera. When I got back it had crawled off the rock and was trying to get under it! I knew some creatures feign death when a predator is around, but I didn't know newts are one of them.

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Cannibalism.

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More tadpoles than water.
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I overestimated the size of liner I needed...

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Kev Berry » Sat May 25 2019 22:41

Not a dead newt Dave, probably another p****d one :laughs: :coat:

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Sun May 26 2019 07:49

Kev Berry wrote:
Not a dead newt Dave, probably another p****d one :laughs: :coat:
I hadn't considered that possibility!

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I wonder if this paralytic behaviour is where the phrase originates? :grin:

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Fri May 31 2019 15:48

Things are looking better now. And there are froglets.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Happy Hayes » Fri May 31 2019 16:49

Very nice
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Fri May 31 2019 16:57

Cheers.

Plants next.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Kev Berry » Sat Jun 01 2019 12:04

You need a few of your favourite friends on there, or is the lawnmower broke? :laughs:

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Sat Jun 01 2019 16:04

Kev Berry wrote:
You need a few of your favourite friends on there, or is the lawnmower broke? :laughs:
Baaa. :grin:


That's a patch I leave wild for nature, Kev. It'll give the froglets somewhere to hide too. :thumbs:

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Re: The annual invasion

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davelumb wrote:
Kev Berry wrote:
You need a few of your favourite friends on there, or is the lawnmower broke? :laughs:
Baaa. :grin:


That's a patch I leave wild for nature, Kev. It'll give the froglets somewhere to hide too. :thumbs:
I had an inkling it might have been left on purpose---frogs love long grass, nice and moist and full of frog food :thumbs:

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Kev Berry wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Kev Berry wrote:
You need a few of your favourite friends on there, or is the lawnmower broke? :laughs:
Baaa. :grin:


That's a patch I leave wild for nature, Kev. It'll give the froglets somewhere to hide too. :thumbs:
I had an inkling it might have been left on purpose---frogs love long grass, nice and moist and full of frog food :thumbs:
Yup. :grin:

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Mon Jun 10 2019 11:50

Still got tadpoles but some of these little uns too now.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Tue Jun 18 2019 18:04

Ponds are great. She didn't stick around for long, but might be back. :smile:

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Freako » Tue Jun 18 2019 18:36

Gonna be great that Dave.
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Tue Jun 18 2019 18:47

The newts are back after the draining and relining. :smile:

Gotta get some plants in now.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Freako » Wed Jun 19 2019 22:41

davelumb wrote:
The newts are back after the draining and relining. :smile:

Gotta get some plants in now.
That's great news mate.
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Post by davelumb » Wed Jun 19 2019 23:44

Freako wrote:
davelumb wrote:
The newts are back after the draining and relining. :smile:

Gotta get some plants in now.
That's great news mate.
It should look much better by the end of summer, and with more life in it to get the newts and frogs back next spring.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Chris Hammond » Fri Jun 21 2019 19:16

Any idea whether the idea that frogs always return to the pond where they were born to spawn holds any water Dave? The reason I ask is because I've put a jar full o tadpoles from a friends pond into my little bird bath/wildlife pond and I'm wondering if it will ensure I have frogs in the future? As I said to my mate, if they only return to the pond where their parents spawned them there would be a single pond somewhere in the world heaving with frogs in the spring. :grin:

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Fri Jun 21 2019 19:25

All I know is that I've had more frogs come to my pond each year. I was astounded by having thirty or so in the first coup0le of years - I had 90 odd last year a few less this year as the pond was drained.

They bypass a neighbour's little pond to get to mine too! :laughs:
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Chris Hammond » Fri Jun 21 2019 19:29

I guess I'll find out next spring. :-)

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Fri Jun 21 2019 19:32

Chris Hammond wrote:
I guess I'll find out next spring. :-)
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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Tue Jun 25 2019 18:52

It's amazing how creatures find their way into an empty pond. I was fishing out some duckweed (that stuff appears by magic!) and found a tiny pond snail on the net. Had it somehow got transferred from the original pond water or arrived on a bird's foot? :laughs:

I counted four newts today, which is only one less than were around before. The fifth might be hiding somewhere. Will have to go plant hunting soon.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by Chris Hammond » Tue Jun 25 2019 19:26

I fetched a pair of frogs out of a footing trench today. I always check before casting the foundation because for some odd reason if you dig a gert hole in someone's garden its like a magnet to frogs. I remember reading once that they are so short sighted that they never get to see the stars in the sky. Perhaps poor eyesight is the answer.

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Re: The annual invasion

Post by davelumb » Tue Jun 25 2019 19:48

Nature still has it's mysteries, Chris. :smile:

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