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Little Movement Tonight

Spotted Salamander
Spotted Salamander along the road!

I had some movement of amphibians along the roads here in Allegany State Park tonight. I ended up going home before seeing any huge numbers of Salamanders migrating to the vernal pools and doing their yearly ritual.

spring peeper
Spring Peeper along the road!

So . . . . charge your flashlights, cameras and catch up on your sleep. . . . Tomorrow should be “THE NIGHT” for us amphibian enthusiast here in Western New York!! Send me an email or call me on the phone if you are interested in joining me!  Expect more on these guys with my Wednesday post!

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26 responses

  1. How fun. I hope many take you up on the invitation. I can’t wait for the pictures.

    31 March 2008 at 11:32 pm

  2. Have fun, Tom, but I’ll have to take a rain check on the expedition. If I left now, I still couldn’t get there in time.

    1 April 2008 at 4:11 am

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    It is a good thing you live so far away or I would be out there with my flashlight and camera following you and the salamanders to thier vernal pool. I can’t wait to see more pictures.

    I can’t get over the frog pictures you and Nina get. I always frighten them out of camera shot before getting a decent picture. I admire your talent.

    1 April 2008 at 5:02 am

  4. Hi Mon@rch, Stop by my blog when you get a chance……I have an award for you.

    1 April 2008 at 7:09 am

  5. Tom

    Tom- Awesome. We were out last night to the pools here in central Ohio, and found out that we missed the main migration by two weeks. Lots of egg masses, and several spotteds were still in the pools, so it was still a great night, can’t wait to see what you find.


    1 April 2008 at 7:38 am

  6. Hi, Monarch. I found my way here from Rock Paper Lizard. Your photos are spectacular!

    1 April 2008 at 7:46 am

  7. That spotted salamander looks like he’s grinning from ear to ear!

    1 April 2008 at 8:30 am

  8. I would love to join you! Three hour drive each way, and 2 border crossings…hmm….possible, but this week I will have to wait for your pictures.

    1 April 2008 at 8:53 am

  9. Beautiful photo of the peeper. You do a great job on the close-ups. We are expecting a little rain so I expect the peepers will be going to town tonight!

    1 April 2008 at 8:58 am

  10. That is so cool. I wish I could figure out how to find them here!

    1 April 2008 at 9:07 am

  11. Yay, Tom!
    It’s hard to believe you’re so close and yet weeks separate our findings.
    Our March 3rd walkers have all returned to the woods now, after staying in the pools for several weeks–egg masses left behind by these cute spotted creatures!

    (I like your smiling spotted, too!)

    1 April 2008 at 9:39 am

  12. Oh man . . .! This is soooo cool! Hmmm. I wonder how many hours to get to New York :0)

    Wonderful pixes, Tom. How great to know ‘it’s’ happening somewhere.

    1 April 2008 at 11:02 am

  13. calevphoto

    Hey Tom! I’ll be there…

    No, sorry. Just a lame April Fool’s joke. Unfortunately it’s a bit too far to travel, though I have been anxious to get a good salamander shot.

    Nice shot of the peeper!

    1 April 2008 at 11:13 am

  14. @ Linda – thanks and lets hope they are moving!
    @ Marvin – That’s alright . . . the temps are getting colder more than I thought they would tonight! Lets hope it happens!
    @ Lisa – LOL . . . it is a great time and lets hope they move! They are cold and real easy to get close to! Thanks!
    @ Ruthie – will do tonight, thanks
    @ Tom – Glad you still found a few! Thanks and lets hope it happens!
    @ Berry – thanks and glad you have joined us!
    @ Jayne – thanks and maybe you are seeing our reflection in its face? I know I was smiling!
    @ Ruth – little distance and we are starting to wonder now if it will be too cold tonight! We will see!
    @ Joan – Thanks and I love the macros my point and shoot does! I just love hearing the peepers!
    @ Rurality – Just look along the wet roads near forested wetlands! It’s a good chance you will find some!
    @ Nina – Isn’t that crazy? Just requires the perfect weather for them to come out!
    @ Cathy – would love to have you but I do understand the short notice/distance!
    @ Joe – Almost forgot about April fools! I know you will be with us with the pictures we capture! Thanks

    1 April 2008 at 12:25 pm

  15. what adorable photos (and in other posts too, I’ve enjoyed browsing!).

    1 April 2008 at 1:25 pm

  16. Ginny

    Saw my first Spotted Salamander marching like a little soldier across the road in Groton MA Mon, Marcy 31. Magnificent!

    1 April 2008 at 3:25 pm

  17. boy, would I love to come. I was just joking with a pal recently.. it’s just too dang bad that the transporter in star trek has not been invented yet!!! 😦

    1 April 2008 at 3:57 pm

  18. Reptiles and amphibians are very interesting to watch.

    1 April 2008 at 5:43 pm

  19. Mon@arch,
    I never thought I would live to have a fascination for amphibians, but here I am. You render the natural world in such approachable terms. I’m not sure which I prefer: the amphibians or the people who love them.

    1 April 2008 at 5:45 pm

  20. @ Crafty – thanks and glad you have joined us!
    @ Ginny – Great that you guys had them moving also! Thanks for sharing!
    @ aullori – LOL, maybe someday they will have one!
    @ Samuel – Thanks and they sure are!
    @ Caroline – I am so glad that you are allowing yourself to be fascinated with them! All natural world is interesting once you give them the opportunity to become interesting!

    1 April 2008 at 6:55 pm

  21. If I were in your neck of the woods, I’d be there in a heartbeat. I should take advantage of more of the spring herping opportunities here in the Chicago area.

    1 April 2008 at 10:22 pm

  22. Would have been fun to have ya! Although glad you didn’t do the trip . . . Tonight was not the night! I am looking at the weather map and not sure yet when the big night will actually be! I didn’t expect the cold and we actually had snow in the air!

    1 April 2008 at 11:07 pm

  23. As I said on your picture itself, I’ve never seen a peeper in the wild – any tips for finding them?

    2 April 2008 at 8:42 am

  24. Follow the sound . . . not really easy to find but they are in the tuff of the grasses!

    2 April 2008 at 10:59 pm

  25. My favorites…herps that is. Thanks!

    3 April 2008 at 11:26 am

  26. lvn600

    I’ve never been on that type of field trip.-If I see one occur around here I think that I’d like to check it out.-That’s quite the mug shot on that salamander!

    3 April 2008 at 8:49 pm

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