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The bonking frogs are back

Every year at about this time our pond is filled with bonking frogs. They are at it again, even though we have not had the cold weather that normally kills off the duckweed that is covering the entire surface of the pond.

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freddie_f_lop
Mar. 9th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
Is the duckweed the same size as usual, larger or smaller?
dandybun
Mar. 9th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
Same as always
freddie_f_lop
Mar. 9th, 2014 12:07 pm (UTC)
OK, there is an American species called least duckweed (Lemna minuta) that is spreading quickly in the UK, having arrived via the water gardening trade. It is more likely to stay green over winter than the British species of common duckweed.
freddie_f_lop
Mar. 9th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
Interesting little snippet on duckweed. "The duckweed mats can be composted and used as "green manure." They can also be fed to livestock, rabbits, poultry and fish. It has been estimated that 10 acres of duckweeds could theoretically supply 60 percent of the nutritional needs of 100 dairy cows,"
dandybun
Mar. 9th, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
Anybun got a spare herd of cows to come and eat it all? (must be good swimmers)
freddie_f_lop
Mar. 9th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
Why would you want to feed your dinner to 100 cows?
dandybun
Mar. 9th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
Don't fancy duckweed, and I CERTAINLY don't fancy swimming!
freddie_f_lop
Mar. 9th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
You get your two foot to do that. EJ fell in an old pond of ours when he was litle and had duckweed coming out of his ears for the next day! Seriously, B is tempted to try it on me - the small leaves being perfect for a bun with no teeth. Trouble is he has strived to keep the new pond duckweed free since we moved to this house.
dodgecitykitty
Mar. 9th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
We are seranaded by a variety of frogs here, both night and day. We also have much duckweed on all the ponds this year. I don't know if it's used for anything at all. We canoed thru it yesterday and when the sun shines on the trapped water drops, it shines like rainbows.
erin_scotty
Mar. 9th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
here too, there's many duckweed on our pond, and this afternoon we heard a frog's "Caw! Caw!" .
Emy-Rose
harebraindd
Mar. 9th, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
I like bonking frogs
thehairymob
Mar. 10th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
Dad has joined the local (9 miles!) toad rangers. He was there last night with his glow in the dark coat, a bucket, gloves, his board and his pen :) He helped some toads, frogs and newts across the road. He puts them in the bucket and takes them over to the reeds behind fencing and pops them in there - or he shoos them towards the special drains and little by-passes that have been specially done for them :)
Hoparently, just before the entrance to Monikie Park, the amount of toad crossing is the largest in the East Coast!
Dad's going to volunteer for any other things that he can do - it'll give him something else to do - meanwhile, mum is hopping mad 'cos she can't do anything :( It's no fun having 1foot she says :(
We all think it's very commendable of dad to help out with little amphibians, or any little animals. He's going to be helping protect the red squirrels and the huge amount of different birds at a special place that we can't name!
We are quite proud of him but we aren't going to tell him that, instead we just won't nip him as much - will you Poppy?!!
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