Memorial Day Anurapolooza at the Pond

Perhaps the frogs and toads, all of the order Anura (literally without tail to the ancient Greeks), just wanted to wait until the official start of summer, or maybe I’ve just been bad at spotting them, but luckily for you, astute pond-life observer, Carolyn Bucior and her trusty lieutenant, George, were on the job again and alerted me to the amphibian situation this morning.

I heard him first and then almost fell over when I finally saw him not 5 feet off the shore.

That’s an outstanding specimen of American Bullfrog, and he was 1 of 3 all within a few feet of each other, perhaps in their own little chorus.

Just down the shore, there were already 7 red-eared sliders and painted turtles up on logs. It was a regular terrapin station.

And around the corner, at least 4 of these guys were all making busy with their dating apps.

That’s our ol’ buddy from the Virginia bluebells over a week ago, the American Toad. Who wouldn’t swipe right at that visual and acoustical spectacle?

In other news, the white phlox are opening alongside the pink, a Blue Jay was finally too slow to avoid getting caught in my shutter, bumblebees are hard at work on the honeysuckle, some of the trillium have a distinct pink hue, and at least one more bird has hatched out of its egg.

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Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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