Friday, July 5, 2013

A Rain of Toads

I have noticed an explosion in the toad population this year. I did an informal survey of an area 25' x75' and within a few minutes had counted 5 baby fowler's toads (Bufo fowleri). This is undoubtedly due to the wet late-spring and summmer. Last summer we had a severe drought. This year we are around 9" above our normal for the year and our rainfall at the end of June is more than last year's total for the entire year.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mama Wolf Spider

All of my recent discoveries seem to have been in my vegetable garden beds and this is no exception. I was cutting down the fallow vines from this spring's sugar snap peas (Yum!) and I was busy chopping them up for composting when I saw this wolf spider (Lycosidae) with her spinneret-attached egg sac ambling amongst the stubble.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lonely Snake Egg

Another garden bed discovery. Whilst I was turning over the soil, this small soft egg appeared. It was alone when I spotted it and I did not find any companions. It is too small to be a box turtle egg and I do know that some snake eggs can be this size. I carefully moved it to a safe, nearby compost pile.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The flycatcher expectantly follows me
As my mower flushes its fodder from the grass.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Two for One

I spotted this young fowler's toad (Bufo fowleri) in the vegetable garden. I was surprised that he remained still sufficiently long so as to allow me to take a picture on a ruler.

Not but a few minutes later, I uncovered old Scarback in the same garden bed. He had buried himself under some mulched grass clippings.

Monday, June 17, 2013

All is Well

At dusk in the woods,
a gentle rain heard
on the canopy,
fireflies alighting,
peepers croaking,
and the final calls
of the peewee.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Overnight Deluge

We received over 5 inches of rain between 3:00 am and 8:00 am.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stream Sampling

Our first stream sampling event of the season. I was surprised to see that the stream was somewhat low, given that we have had quite a bit of rain this spring. On the other hand, the mosquitos were quite voracious.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bluebird Update


8 Days Old

 15 Days Old

At 15 days old they are leaving the nest.

Friday, May 10, 2013


We had two frosts whilst the apple trees were in full bloom. Here are the consequences.