As February ends things always seem to start happening and this picture shows that our frog population is on the increase.
This is "frog spawn" frogs lay eggs in clusters like this and this will develop into "tadpoles" (baby frogs) and then into adult frogs this takes about 3 months. We hope to show some next month.
However try this site if you want to see
more of Cheshire County's amphibian's www.cheshireamphibians.co.uk
year we showed a mistel thrush nesting in the honeysuckle by the piggery
wall. This year she is back and she has repaired the nest and at time
of writing has 5 eggs pictured here.
Trees are beginning to develop buds and
new leaves, this picture (right) of willows by the river
Dane shows. Willows begin to grow earlier than trees such as Ash,
which will not have leaves until well into April.
Also this month we were visited by Ian
and his wife Hilary from the mid Cheshire barn owl trust see their site
They are planning to put a nest box in one of our trees, however while they were visiting another friend of mine, Terry who is a regular visitor (he takes his dog and gun for a walk) called, and as we all chatted he said that we had a Barn Owl nest last year in a tree on the heifer meadow.
"I spent an hour watching them one
day "he said. "I thought you knew they were there"
More next month PHIL