We started out on our walk and lasted less then 5 minutes before being bombarded with mosquito's so I ran back to the truck as I thought we had a spray in the glove box (I forgot the natural spray at home). It was a kid friendly spray and it didn't hold the mosquito's off very well at all, but it was all we had.
As always my eyes are wandering as we walk and I am taking pictures of flowers, bugs and bees... this flower must have a brunch special today!
|Common Goat's Beard|
|Cypress Spurge...I believe?|
As we got closer and closer to the Vernal Pools the bugs got heavier. So bad in fact we almost turned around to leave. Then as I was walking I saw this... it wouldn't focus sorry but I thought it was a life saver.
Already the pool where we found the Eastern Newt Efts last time had completely dried up so it wasn't a true vernal pool and those Efts must have just been feeding there.
There was one pool near by that was full of frogs and polliwogs.
The frogs were quite photogenic today.
|The is guy was named Hopper|
The tadpoles were plentiful! Shown here around the edge but the whole surface of the pool looked like this.
It didn't take long to get a couple tadpoles in a bucket to observe for a bit.
Next was Hoppy.
Then a few pics of "Sally" the Eastern Newt Eft.
We started to pack up to leave and of course there were more flowers calling my name.
I have since learned this is a Hobomok Skipper Thanks to some members of the Brereton Field Naturalists Club in Barrie, Ontario.
We left this pool and found an even bigger pool...this one must be a true Vernal Pool as in the centre it is still quite deep and hopefully will last until August so the the salamanders can develop and make their way out of the water and onto the land.
I'm not sure if this is a bullfrog or not. i think it might be. They are very similar to green frogs but have no ridge down their back on each side. This guy was more rounded and no predominant line.
We found some salamander eggs in this lager pool.
|Close up of baby salamander|
Sierra was in heaven here catching frogs with her bare hands this time only to have them hop out and swim away and start all over again.
So much fun in fact she didn't care when she bent too low and got her feet soaked.
As Sierra caught frogs and released them (or rather they released themselves)...
I do hope that putting these sacs back in the water will help them to survive.
After a couple hours here it was time to leave but our discovery didn't end. We continued looking for creatures on our walk and saw all kinds of dragonflies but they are really hard to catch sitting still. I did get this one picture.
We were amazed when I stopped to take a picture of this little guy...
Another amazing afternoon full of so many wonderful discoveries. I love our days out exploring and learning about our natural world.