And Still Waiting!
So here we are nearing the end of March and the lakes and ponds are still frozen. There was even a brave ice fisherman on the lake in the Park this morning.
Usually by now we would be hearing frogs begin their mating songs. As the weather warms, and the ponds thaw, they begin. It is very faint at first and you have to get close to hear them. This takes some finesse for if you stray too close, they disappear under the water and stay silent for a while. But if you are patient they will gradually come back, one by one and begin their songs again.
As the weather grows warmer, the volume increases, especially at night. An expert can recognize each variety of frog by their different calls, but I am content just listening to them and trying to catch a glimpse of one on my walks.
Today is still chilly and grey, but at least it will be above freezing, so my Mum and I can enjoy our usual afternoon out. The ten-day forecast looks fairly promising, but we are all beginning to lose faith in the Weatherman!