When you start hearing the chirping just about all hours of the day and into the night it is most likely the toads starting off the season in their mating ritual. It is always a good sound hearing them cause you know the weather is warming up to stay and they seem to know it.
Every year we start to hear these guys and gals and know the louder they are, the longer they chirp (could be two days) the more little toad swill be running around in about a month. Not just a few but by the thousands.
If you don’t happen to see the toads you may find the eggs, they look like a long squiggly tube with dots inside the tube, in about a week maybe two these dots become oblong and eventually start to move, sort of bending in the middle. A few more days later they’ll start to swim around, pretty cool to watch each day to see the progress.
Once they make the transition to land they will be hard to see in the grass but at times you ‘ll se what looks like the ground moving, a look closer and you’ll see its not the ground but 100’s of toads.
Spring is here and so is the warming water. With the warmth and sunny days we’ll see the algae start to grow like wildfire. Remember we don’t want to be completely free of algae since it starts the life cycle for the pond at the microscopic level to our big fish. But the algae can be controlled with proper aeration and a couple other tools in the tool box. Discover more about aeration and pond management tips with our Consumer Aeration Report