Some of the first spring "migrants" have already shown up, perhaps a little too eagerly. Flocks of Northern Pintails and other ducks were reported about a week ago when we had a bout of warmish weather. It won't be long before the musical songs of Horned Larks can be heard in most agricultural areas. And my favorite sign of spring....the first Spring Peeper in a thawing out vernal pond. Usually I find my first amphibians of the spring sometime in mid-March.
Here are a few photos of some local herps and other organisms which signal the beginning of spring to me. Hang in there, its just around the corner...
|Often the first "leps" seen - Mourning Cloak (from March 15)|
|N. Ribbon Snake out for the first bask of the year (March 15)|
|one of the first plants of the year - Skunk Cabbage (March 16)|
|Four-toed Salamander (March 24)|
|polyploid Ambystoma about to take the first plunge of the year - March 31|
|Northern Ribbon Snake basking - April 1|
|Love is in the air - April 7|
|Spotted Salamander mating dance - April 4|