TRR photo by Ed Wesely
(click for larger image)

First crocuses. In Honesdale, crocuses at the public library were flowering on March 24 and soon attracted a honeybee and the three ants in my picture. In our garden, a single crocus broke bud on the 26th, followed by dozens more the next day.

TRR photo by Ed Wesely
This wood frog paused on our rural road on March 28 while en route to a small vernal pond. It measured three inches from nose to tail, in the large range for its species. (click for larger image)

New arrivals. A few wood frogs began “quacking” on the 27th, and the next day our vernal pond was pulsing with them. Also on the 27th, a phoebe rehearsed its “phree-bee” song near the house, while at the Narrowsburg Eddy a small group of oldsquaw ducks dropped down—sea ducks that will nest in arctic regions.

Wood frogs and other amphibians prefer to migrate to breeding grounds at night, especially on warm, rainy spring evenings. So it's unusual to find a migrant frog abroad at noon, as in the picture.

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