Saturday, March 24, 2012

Basking in the Sun

It was an easy winter for the wildlife overwintering in our pond.  Rarely was it frozen over solid and if so, only for a day or two.  The floating heater and bubbler insure our water friends have oxygen and an escape route for gases.
In the 13 years the pond has been in, we set a record for March with it completely thawed out and frogs basking in the sun.
What made me really happy was to see that Stumpy was still alive and looking very healthy.
This photo is from last year and we have no idea if he was born like this or lost the leg in an accident of some sort.  He fattened up during the summer and he looks very robust this year.  He can do anything the other frogs can, including jump out of the pond to sunbathe or climb the rocks of the waterfall.
I counted the frogs before making this post and there were 13!  There are also many, many frog tadpoles that overwintered at the bottom of the pond under the leaves.
I'm linking with Karen at My Little Home and Garden for Sunlit Sunday.

20 comments:

  1. It's very unusual for a disabled frog to survive. I hope he continues for many years hence:-)

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  2. We also have lots of frogs around our ponds. Every spring we wait in worried anticipation to find if we have been invaded by the awful American Bullfrog. So far, so good!

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  3. The frog in the center picture is a handsome fellow! Love his soft green color. Hurray for Stumpy! I'm glad he made it. He does look strong and healthy!

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  4. That is just amazing. Do you get the spring peepers in your pond too? I love the sound of them. Enjoy the weekend.

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  5. What great photos. Love the little guys and it's so nice to see the little handicap guy making it all by himself.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  6. Wonderful photos. I have to admit frogs are not my favorite. But you've made them look pretty cute!

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  7. You have quite a colony of frogs in your pond. We have two and the other day we had 5 garter snakes. V

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  8. I love frogs and looks like Stumpy is doing just fine! Happy Spring!

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  9. Hi,Judith.
    Your fog is pretty cute! I love frogs. I am looking forward to seeing frogs nearby rice fields soon.May be around March....
    Enjoy your Sunday,my friend!
    Tomoko

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  10. Fun to see the frogs sunning themselves. Glad Stumpy is doing so well.

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  11. Love that name Stumpy. We had frogs in our pond too but as I said we had it taken away as it was just too much work for us. The rocks that made up the waterfall would shift and need repositioning so often. But I will enjoy yours and hope for more photos as the season goes on.
    QMM

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  12. Love the frog photos. We've been hearing the spring peepers for a few nights now

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  13. woohoo for Stumpy and this early spring. We have uncovered the pool 2 months early.. Now if we could have a nice long spring..

    Hope you have a wonderful week..
    hugs, Cherry

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  14. I'm glad to hear stumpy is doing fine. Nature is amazing. My dog loves frogs. He won't hurt them. He just wants to make friends.lol. Have a nice week.
    ~Clara

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  15. Wonderful that Stumpy made it thru the winter. Two frogs arrived at our pond the end of the summer last year and I saw one the other day out sunbathing. I am not used them around the pond and they always startle me when they jump in. Have a wonderful week Judith.

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  16. Hi Judith, You have such a lovely pond and you take good care of it. I was pleased to see your photo of Stumpy. When I was turning the compost the other day, I came upon a toad. I gather that he lived there over the winter. As the compost pile heats up, he'll need to move!
    Have a glorious week! Beth

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  17. I was on a hike last week and the chorus of singing frogs was amazing. Your friends have found a great habitat in your garden, Judith.
    -Karen

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  18. Poor little fellow - so glad he is thriving, though. And back for another year. I wonder if he regards you as much as you regard him . . .
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  19. I love frogs and loved seeing yours, especially little Stumpy! Thanks for sharing. :o)

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