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Nature Notes


I went up to the Vernal Pool to check and see if there had been any activity during last night’s rain.  There were a few Wood Frogs in the Pool! No sign of Spotted Salamanders.  I’m grateful to hear Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs again.


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As I hiked along I realized that what I was hearing in the distance was a Thunderstorm coming my way!  Nature in it’s rawest form always makes me so excited and happy.  As I listened to the Thunder I had a big grin on my face, and quickened my step.  We were on the field when there was a large clap of thunder and lightning, I found out that I am still able to RUN!  LOL  Monty and I made it to the car a little wetter, and then sat in the car and watched the down pour and lightning.  I’m glad that I got out there today.



Yesterday we went up to Frost Valley to return Jason to work, we were able to watch two Beavers!   So cool to see them interacting.


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On my birding drives I’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful ducks.  Wickham Lake is still full of a couple hundred Common Mergs, and there was also a Hooded Merg one of the days.  I had a half dozen GW Teal two days in a row in the swamp on State School Road.  Also 8 Wood Ducks in the same area,  I think they are the most gorgeous of all bird species.  They take my breath away.  There is still a Snow Goose hanging around with a flock of Canadas.  I’m grateful to live so close to areas that I can bird watch every day.


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