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I think you are right, Jon. What your photo shows is a female toad in the middle of the group, with a smaller male toad clasping her on the right, ready to mate, and a male frog holding on to her on the left! It is not unusual for male frogs to grab onto anything that moves and can be gripped, in the water at mating time.
I've been checking the pond regularly though and today (March 4th) was the first time I have noticed frog spawn. We have had toads breeding in the pond for at least the last two years, so also look out for the long strands of their spawn tangled among weeds. It looks like black beads, often in pairs, strung on a long necklace.
Amphibian activity in the pond this morning. Not exactly sure but it looks like 2 toads and 1 frog. There was at least one other mating pair, so watch out for some frog or toadspawn tomorrow...
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