Forgot to enter this record earlier, but John and Irene had frogspawn in their pond on Sunday 9th March 2014. We had out first frogspawn in the pond on Sunday 16th March 2014. There were 4 or 5 frogs frolicking in there - and on Monday 17th there were more than 10 of them enjoying the sun and croaking at the surface. After a few days they all vanished. Juliet at Latch House also had frogspawn around 18th March.
With the cold weather, the snow and ice is showing little signs of going away quickly, but this has not stopped the birds sensing that the days are getting longer. The Great Tits are now singing their spring song. You know the one - it sounds like someone sawing with a very squeaky saw! That was a call that was missing all through the autumn. This week I have heard the first Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming from the hill. Most interesting for me was to hear the yaffling call of a Green Woodpecker from the hill. Despite the weather, the birds think spring is on the way, I like that way of thinking.
Today was so warm that I was not surprised to see my first bat of the year. Only a single Pipistrelle but it was out flying and is still very early. I have been seeing flying insects out on several occasions now so it must be spring!
I was out in the garden on Sunday, and had a perfect view of a Raven as it flew overhead, clearly displaying its characteristic diamond shaped tail and calling with that deep croaking call Green woodpeckers are now regularly calling from up on the hill above the village.
Spotted my first frogspawn of the year this morning. Each year the first batch of spawn is deposited in the same place in the pond, and this year was no exception. Over the previous two nights the minimum temperature was 6o C, and together with warm days, this is the trigger the frogs had been waiting for.