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Old Mar 12, 2010, 6:39 AM   #1
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Out with some schoolkids on their schoolyard yesterday for a nature hike (between the showers), and some sharp-eyed students spotted the Spring Peepers out & active. These tiny frogs are about an inch long. Easy to recognize by the cross-shaped mark on the back (scientific name is Hyla crucifer), and their pretty bird-like call. Couldn't take many photos (had to pay attention to children, not camera!), but here is one close-up view (may post some at the Wildlife section too).
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 6:40 AM   #2
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Just one more sign of Spring's return - hope to have some wildflower pictures soon!!
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I don't believe I've ever seen one of these. If I did, I probably thought it was a toad. Thanks, Mole! Nice shot.

Unless we get some freak snow storm, I do believe winter is over. Aaaaaaahhh... now for some COLOR!
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Nice one, mole. This sure beats all the spiders shown on a large projector screen the other night at our camera club meeting on macro shooting. I spent most of the night either with my eyes closed or head down and just listened to him.

This guy's a little cutey.

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Nice shot of the frog, Mole. I haven't seen one before either, thanks for sharing.

BTW, why were you doing a nature hike in the locker room?
... oh wait, you were talking about the rain showers.
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Nice pic, Mole. I'm embarassed to admit that I have never seen a peeper. I've heard them, of course, but I've never seen one. We still have another 5 or 6 weeks up here before we'll hear them, so I'm glad to know that spring has arrived in your neighborhood!
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Nice pix, Mole. looks like the Wood Frog we have up here.
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Mole, this is a new one for me too. Nice photo and glad to see spring coming on strong there. Crocuses are blooming here and that is a good indication of spring's arrival here.

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Gary - Thanks! It's easy to miss these little guys - they are tiny, fast and usually hiding in the tall plants at marsh edges... But you sure can hear them singing in the early spring!

Patty - My wife could certainly sympathize with you on the spiders! (I enjoy watching them, but lots of folks sure don't.) Glad you liked this little guy better.

GW - I'm gonna send YOU to the shower!!

Mtnman - once they start singing - see if you sneak up on one and watch their HUGELY expanded throat.

Les - We also have Wood Frogs - heard some singing at Bays Mt about a week ago - they sound sorta like ducks. But could not get close enough for a good photo. They're probably 3 or 4 times the size of a Peeper.

Lou - Glad to hear that spring is arriving out your way too!
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