I’ve been fortunate to have met a truly terrific lady recently as part of the RSPB winter waterfowl bird counts I’ve been tagging along on. The bird counts are great craic for me, but now I’m able to bring some amphibian learning to the rest of the family as well. She has a small pond on her property and has kindly invited us to visit her frog eggs and watch as they grow.
I remember my dad bringing home frogs for us to see, but I don’t recall having ever seen frog eggs before. Phil, the kids (both ours and one I childmind) took the steep walk up the hill to see the frog eggs a few days ago.
The frog eggs are quite interesting, and really just look like round jellies with a wee black dot on the inside. In the main grouping, the dots were round, but in another grouping just off to the side, the dots were beginning to turn more oblong on their start to becoming tadpoles.
Tristan was a bit trepidatious about going too close to the pond, but he was interested in the frog eggs.
The girls had fallen asleep on the way there, but woke just in time to see the frog eggs before we left and surprisingly were caught in a miserable violent wind and downpour of rain/sleet/hail/snow. Luckily it didn’t last too long and the sun made an appearance before we had returned home.
We will return to this pond again to see the progress of our little friends-to-be. In the meantime, we have borrowed a book from the library about the frog life-cycle and Tristan has me or Daddy read it to him at least once or twice a day. We are also working on a frog project/craft or two and singing all our froggy songs.
Please follow our adventures with our frogs:
- Frog Life Cycle 2 – Emergence of the Tadpoles
- Frog Life Cycle 3 – Froglets
- Frog Life Cycle 4 – Froggie Freedom