Excitement!

Sunday, April 1st 2018

Yesterday we set up our frogspawn tank in the Activity Room.  This gives children the opportunity to watch the tadpoles develop and change into frogs.

Setting up the frogspawn tank

This morning when we checked them the tadpoles had hatched!

Hatching tadpoles

When they first hatch they remain clinging to the jelly.  After a few days they become more active.  You can see the gills, which become covered as the tadpoles develop.

Gills on tadpoles

Temperatures have been low and the frogspawn in the ponds is developing much more slowly, although it has reached the 'comma' stage.  It is amazing what a little warmth will do!

Frogspawn in the pond

A Buzzard was soaring overhead whilst Curlew, Mallard, Moorhen and Greylag Geese were all adding to the chorus of birds this morning. 

There were plenty of Redpoll arriving in the ringing room, including a control, a bird ringed elsewhere.  When the results were checked 28 had been ringed.

Redpol

Unusually for this time of year there were more newly ringed birds than retraps.  Blue Tit and Great Tit numbers were fewer than of late, but more Chaffinches were ringed.  Visitors, including children, were enthralled at being able to see some of these birds close up.

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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