The two bats that I saw flying around seemed to be healthy. I know the mosquitoes have
hatched since one landed on my arm. We also had two bats around our place last year.
Maybe those two are the same..
Re wood frogs, I made a recording of them 2 days ago, also of the spring peepers. You can
listen to them here (but not on Chrome since Chrome does not follow the autoplay=false
parameter convention): http://onejackdaw.com/Frogs.html
"Subject: Re: Woodcocks and bats in Brattleboro
From: Scott Sainsbury
Reply-To: Vermont Birds
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:58:42 -0400
Hi Hilke (et.al)
I'm glad you're hearing wood frogs. I walked out to look at the vernal pools in our hay
fields a couple days ago. They were full of water, but no eggs yet. I was worried that
-- with the warm weather -- the pools might be gone before the amphibians get to
them. Hopefully that won't be the case. Your wood frogs give hope.
We had a bright-yellow Yellow Shafted Flicker on our suet feeder this morning.
Interesting species. In large groups on the ground feeding on ants (according to
Sibley) in the fall. In the trees in summer. On feeders now (perhaps all the energy in
the fat is great for post-migration recovery). Omnivore? Or just opportunist?
I've been thinking about the bats that community members have been reporting. I
remember hearing a program on Jane Lindholm's show with a couple experts on
White-nose. They said that often, the individual bats we see flying around are those
infected with the fungus. Perhaps that's only in winter (hopefully), but I'd like to know
whether I should be expressing joy or feeling sadness over the furry-fliers that are