|These guys are hard to sneak up on in broad daylight! Another|
male in the same pool. Note the bars on the hind legs. This
guy is getting ready to head for cover.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wood Frog Activity Peaks
Amazingly, wood frog (Rana sylvatica) activity in vernal pools is nearly finished in southeastern Belmont County for this season. Breeding populations have vanished almost as quickly as they appeared a little over a week ago. Wood frogs are notorious for arriving poolside in large numbers on short notice, then disappearing shortly thereafter into upland forests to forage for the remainder of the growing season. With such a short window of pool time, witnessing a peaking chorus requires observation of key environmental conditions and a little experience. Next up in local vernal pools is the more familiar spring peeper (Psuedacris crucifer) which was heard chorusing throughout the southern end of the county last night.