Green frogs were everywhere - they may start breeding soon at this pace! Normally Green Frogs are summer breeders.
So are Gray Treefrogs (I usually get the first ones calling sometime in late April), but a friend heard some calling a few days ago! I will be heading out to the ponds again tonight and if the weather is warm and rainy they may be calling. We did find a few Gray Treefrogs on Monday - previously the earliest ones I had seen were on April 7, 2010 on a warm rainy night.
More typical pose
I haven't seen any Pickerel Frogs yet this spring. They inhabit cool, spring-fed streams, seeps, and bogs in this part of Ontario. While there is a lot of potential habitat I've rarely encountered them. Here is one from 2010 in Cambridge. Note the square blotches in two rows down its dorsum and the bright yellow inner legs, two features that aren't seen in the more abundant Northern Leopard Frog.
|Pickerel Frog - Waterloo Region|
Finally, the female Four-toed Salamander from Monday.
Birding news: The migrants are on their way, though the "colder" temperatures and north/east winds may stall things a bit. I had a FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet in my front tree this morning, singing up a storm, and things like Barn Swallow, American Bittern, both Yellowlegs, Virginia Rail etc have been reported.
This weekend I don't have any big birding plans. I'll do a bit of local stuff, and maybe make it out to the ponds. But its still early and I think I'll wait for the birds to come to me for a little while.
Also, Doug McCrae et. al had a Plegadis ibis in Presqui'lle today. That's a bit of a drive for me, but if it is re-found, and especially if its a White-faced Ibis, I'll probably chase it at some point.