Natterjack Toads

This year the season has got off to a very good start, at the moment calling can start just after 20.00, when it is still light. This time last year there were none calling. The first tadpoles have emerged from the first strings of spawn and there is plenty of water still in the pool.

When checking one of the pools for frog tadpoles, spotted about two weeks ago, we scooped up a Male Palmate Newt, the Tail Filament separate it from the Smooth Newt, see photos.

We also came across a family of Mallards on the long pond.

Bob and Bri

Whitethroat

Posted by Ian

Walking around the fishing pond this morning trying to get a glimpse of the reed warblers that have been around for a few days now but no luck.

Came across this whitethroat singing in the sunshine,easy to see why they are called whitethroats.

Further along I watched several shelducks waiting expectantly outside a rabbit burrow that has been occupied by a female for a week or so now.

Wednesday 23rd April

We found our first two strings of Natterjack spawn today, last year it didn’t appear until May, so this maybe a good year.

There have been a couple of young Mute Swans visiting the ponds off and on for a couple of months but the resident Cob has chased them off and the other day there were two more, last years model, thinking of dropping in but then thought better of it.

Spring flowers are now appearing and the area is starting to brighten up.

Bob and Bri

Warblers

Posted by Ian

Had my first Grasshopper warbler on Wednesday but counted seven this morning.The first Sedge was singing by the fishing pond accompanied by a Willow Warbler. No Reed Warblers yet.

If it was not for their various calls I would really struggle to tell them apart.Our friendly robin was sat in the sunshine by the feeders waiting for Brian to turn up.