Why March nights are awesome…

Spring is definitely here.  The woodcocks are out in full force, (and seem to be getting bolder than usual), and with the heavy rains yesterday, the long awaited arrival of the amphibians too.  Seeing how the conditions were perfect yesterday, dusk found my Herper friend, my dad, my brother, and I ventured out to a very local vernal pool to see what was stirred up.   We flushed a woodcock upon arrival (they are everywhere) and once it was fully dark the migration began.  The peepers were already dominating to pond, and their chorus was deafening, but there were other critters out too.

Wood Frog, in the net.

Wood Frog, in the net.

A Spring Peeper.  These guys were everywhere, in the pool but also moving through the wood.  Unfortunately It was near impossible to get a good picture.

A Spring Peeper. These guys were everywhere, in the pool but also moving through the wood. Unfortunately It was near impossible to get a good picture.

A Spotted Salamander in the vernal.

A Spotted Salamander in the vernal.

A spotted moving across the forest floor.  This was my best shot of the night.

A spotted moving across the forest floor. This was my best shot of the night.

This is exciting.  I’m actually doing a pelagic out of RI this saturday, in search of alcids, kittiwakes and fulmars, and gulls, which will be an interesting return to winters hold, but I’ll also probably get my first osprey in port.  Should be fun.

– Brendan

 

 

 

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