We visited Dead Man's Pond at Victoria Park yesterday to look for salamander or frog eggs. We have had several warmer days since we went last. We thought the ice would have melted by now and we might see some eggs.
As we started walking along the pond, we noticed many eggs along the edges, close to the surface and also below it. We were amazed at how many there were! Celeste used a stick to gently move some of the branches that the eggs were attached on so we could see them better.
In early spring, this pond usually has frog and salamander eggs, later in the season it will also have dragonfly larvae, along with the frog tadpoles and salamander larvae. I know we will keep coming regularly to see all these grow!
As we walked around the pond, we almost squealed when we noticed one yellow-spotted salamander in the water! It was resting on sticks and let us look at it and take many pictures of it. Salamanders usually like to hide under leaves in the forest, but go to ponds to breed.
How many photos of salamanders are too much?! I noticed one frog too, in the water. By the time Celeste came to see it, it had swam away, but I had one photo!
A family with young boys came along the pond while we were there, along with a retired gentleman. The family's father told us about the frogs he saw the week before all along the edges of the pond. He also knew of a spot with many baby salamanders and showed it to us.
The gentleman told me about a pond to see more water lilies and also where to see the provincial flower, the Lady's Slipper (on some of the trails at the National Park).
This post is linked to the Outdoor Hour Challenge.
Also linked to Real Family Fun! hosted by The Real Thing with the Coake Family.