After worrying about whether the frog population would emerge and make it to the pools before those dry-up this year, every puddle and pool on the farm was full of singing denizens of the damp last night!
Very pleased to hear that bats seen henceforth this season should be fungus survivors. Perhaps resistant populations will start a comeback. One can hope. I haven't seen any here on our farm yet this year. I watched for them until dark last night to the tunes of the last Robins and a Woodcock, while Jupiter and Venus danced across the sky. Three moons of Jupiter clearly visible with binoculars. A spectacular early spring treat.
FOY Coopers and Phoebe at the farm today.
On Mar 22, 2012, at 12:10 PM, Hilke Breder wrote:
> 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
> Hilke Breder
> "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
> being seen.