Yesterday we had a gentle 5mm, on top of 20+mm earlier in the week. There has been another decent rainfall between this and the last time I wrote (mid Feb). This seems like the wettest summer/autumn for years, although I think 2004/5 and 1999/2000 were similar.
The frogs have been loving it. The runoff dam is as full as I've seen it and will probably keep a decent depth of water throughout the winter, even if it's dry. Today I took the greywater out of that dam, and I'm going to run it into another dam and see if we can get some things happening there. I don't think the nutrients are good for the dam with water in it - it was getting some scum on it before it rained - and the vegetation at the edge (which could use the nutrients) keeps getting drowned.
The frogs have been going crazy the last couple of nights, mostly spotted marsh frog calls. This morning there were three egg masses on the pond, and at least four egg masses just on one side of the dam. There may have been more but it's a bit slippery to go walking around too much. Looking at the dam there is plenty of tadpole activity, and there have been many dragonflies too. There are also locusts around in the paddocks near the dam but none actually around it, as far as I can see. They would be good frog feed!!!
The frogs also seem to have the mosquitoes under control. It hasn't been too bad outside, but they are definitely around. Probably more with water collecting on old machinery etc. rather than the pond or dam.