Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spotted Salamanders


Spotted Salamander
The last couple of days I've made multiple trips up to the Vernal Pools in the County Park.  Last night we went up in the pouring rain and spent 2 hours looking at Salamanders.  Beautiful creatures.  There were also Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers out.  Today there are more Spermatophores and only one additional egg mass.  I think that  the Spotteds we saw last night were males, and that the females are also in the vernal pools now after a night of rain.  I expect they will start laying eggs tonight after the cover of darkness.  I heard my first Water-thrush! 

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