Salamander Movement Tonight
Allegany State Park has had some outstanding temperatures recently and I have been anticipating this night for the past few weeks! The migration of the Spotted Salamander starts each spring when these yellow spotted creatures emerge from the ground and slowly work their way towards their breeding pools.
Patty and I started our search around 9pm and quickly found our first Spotted Salamander for the year (CHECK)! Just the one individual at the moment but we continued along the roads to find a handful of skunks taking advantage of the free meals around them.
We found ourselves stopping for leaves, sticks and even a few rocks but it was obvious the migration was just starting and tonight wasn’t going to be “the night”!!! We looked in the grass and Patty said “Look a Night Crawler ., . . . O wait this one has legs”! Sure enough she found our first of the year Red-backed Salamander (CHECK)!!!
Before heading home we were able to find a few other Spotted Salamanders and Woodfrogs (CHECK) that needed our help across the road. One individual was cute as heck with its bright yellow spots!! In the background we heard a thunder storm moving our way and we quickly did a little photo shoot. The storm kept moving closer and closer . . . . and we could hear a rumble quickly moving towards us!! Instantly we both popped up and said “time to get into the jeep”! Within a blink of an eye hail dropped from the sky and blanked the ground with marble sized pebbles. All I could think was poor salamanders being pumbled with hail!!
Anyways . . . it wasn’t “the night” but with Patty’s daughter due most any second . . . . I am glad to have seen my great friends from last spring!
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