Last Thursday and Friday I spent long hours at Pawlings Farm where truly hundreds of American toads were doing their annual mating dance in the vernal pools. There were not nearly as many as in years past, but still there were hundreds. I told my daughter- in- law that she and her daughter Piper should come with me to see this amazing scene. I met Lynne and Piper in our driveway and then she followed me the 30 minutes or so to Pawlings Farm. I was so excited about getting there. We got to the spot and parked. The first thing I noticed was there was no sound.... None. I couldn't hear the trilling of the toads. We walked through the fields and to the ponds and there was nothing. Oh maybe a spare one toad, but nothing! We walked on. Piper found a turtle, but that was just about the highlight of all the wildlife we saw. We walked on just at the water's edge. We found two dead toads, but all the rest were gone. It's amazing how they come, they do their stuff and they go. We did after a long while find a nice mating couple and lots and lots of long strings of toad eggs that will soon become thousands of tadpoles. They will mature into little toads and then hop back into the forest. Such a marvelous life cycle. Anyway, we had a great time even without the big crowd. Here are some fun photos with Lynne and Piper and the wildlife we did find.
Monday, March 29, 2021
The Toads Were All Gone!!
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Labels: American Toads, Kitty Riley Kono Cobb, Lynne, Pauling's Farm, Piper, toads
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Pileated Take-Off - Valley Forge
There were two of these beauties playing in the woods on Monday. I tried to get them both in the same frame, but they would not cooperate.
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Labels: Kitty Riley Kono, Pileated Woodpecker, Take-off, Valley Forge
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
"Praise the Lord on High"
The bluebirds are everywhere in Valley Forge. This one today was so happy. Can't you just hear him praising the Lord!
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Sunday, March 21, 2021
Bluebird and the Fly - Spring has Sprung!!
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Labels: Bluebird, Fly, Kitty Riley Kono, Valley Forge National Park
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Red Tails in Valley Forge and Charlestown Meadows TODAY!
I only had a little time this morning, but still decided to run out to Valley Forge and see if I could find anything. I parked in the parking lot and there he was in the tree where he usually is. I spent about an hour with him. Nothing spectacular, but always a thrill. Then I came home and Tom and I went to drop off our taxes. On the way home coming through Charlestown Meadows, there was our other Red Tailed Hawk sitting at the top of the bog just as pretty as can be. We drove home. I ran down to the bog to see if he was still there and he was but flew to another perch just off the lower parking lot. I ran back, got my camera, threw it into the car and got to the parking lot and then took lots of shots, but nothing great. He flew off to a far away tree that is beginning to bud. I got him. It's greatly cropped but still love his position hiding between the branches.
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Friday, March 12, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
"Would You Like a Cup of Tea?"
Came across this old favorite in the archives and could not resist. Spring is on its way. I can feel it in the air. Nobody has been around for a few days. But pretty soon the little guys will be coming out to play.
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Labels: baby chipmunks, Kitty Riley Kono, Valley Forge
Monday, March 1, 2021
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