Mallards in the pond– last year when a pair of Mallards turned up in next-doors pond I was interested. They had come to ours occasionally in other years and here they were, back. This year their return is making more sense and is rather disturbing. They came a couple of weeks ago, just after the frogs had laid their spawn, and they demolished the lot (our ponds have many Newts so we no longer get Frogs coming in spring, only adults at other times of the year). Encouragingly, dozens of Frogs returned recently and laid more spawn. Sure enough, yesterday and today, so did the Mallards and they have feasted again. (The Hippo seems an ineffectual guard!). Conditions: A still, cloudy day with rain and drizzle for hours. Temperature: Max 9- Min 6c.