Over the past few nights there have been quite a number of Common frog (Rana temporaria) and Palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus) moving towards their breeding ponds in my local area. This will soon be followed by Common toads (Bufo bufo) which will move in perhaps greater numbers to their larger breeding sites, often crossing busy roads to get there. UPDATE: on 28th February there was a large movement of amphibians with around… Read More
In foggy weather I explored an upland site where the Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) occurs. First up was a very obliging Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and after some walking through the mist the first hare was spotted. It too was very obliging and allowed for a very close approach. The previous evening some Common frogs (Rana temporaria) and Palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus) were moving around.
Palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus) are usually the first herps to appear each season, like this one crossing a road this evening. A female was then seen crossing the same road the following evening.