Sunday, April 02, 2006

In the garden

The other day the dp found a frog in the garden. We've seen them before, but this, by his account was a biggun. He reckons it was a Common Frog (photo from the British Trust for Ornithology website):

Nothing 'common' about it as far as we're concerned - it's special to us. It was living in the bucket under the waterbutt. Since it was sharing the bucket with a dead mouse, the dp decided to do something about it. Carefully, the mouse was emptied onto the compost heap, and the frog was poured into a deep tray of water around a plant. Afterward, as dp stood at the kitchen window, he said he could see the frog's eyes poking accusingly out of the water. Unfortunately, the frog wasn't there when I got back home :-(

We don't have a pond, but it's pretty damp in our back garden. At present, the flattest bit is completely sodden. Despite searching, I still haven't seen our un-common frog.


At 6:51 pm BST, Blogger Sarah Cuthbertson said...

Do you think froggie has a-wooing gone and will bring back his lady-love for a bit of you know what, for it is forsooth the season of the year for that sort of thing?

Whilst out and about at the weekend, I noticed a blob of frog-spawn in a damp patch on a grass verge. Evidently the damp patch had once been a puddle and had dried up - we're so rain-starved here in the South East that the froggies must be desperate. Anyway, it rained during the night and the puddle was reinstated by next morning. I hope the spawn survived.

At 6:58 pm BST, Blogger Carla said...

Why accusingly, I wonder? Did he miss the company of the ex-mouse, or did he object to getting wet? We occasionally get frogs in our garden here in dry East Anglia (parts of which apparently get less rainfall than Israel; how's that for a useless fact?). Ours live in the long grass under the hedges, which never gets cut, and later in the summer under the squash plants that take over the garden. We rarely see them but they seem to be either residents or regular visitors, so with luck you'll see yours again.

At 8:24 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

I think it's was something like Sarah said - the dp had broken up the frog's lurv nest (perhaps the dead mouse was a cunning lure!)

Last Summer I did see a frog in the long grass near the hedge, so will be prodding around there again in hope ...

I can't believe the South East and East Anglia is rain starved! It's horrible wet up here, and the Ouse is high, with the usual riverside basements flooded.


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