Ranger Rock called me on the radio this morning about an egret in the Wetlands. We’ve only had a handful of egret visits over the years so I went down to the Wetlands to have a look.
The egret was obviously people shy, it didn’t stay long. After just a brief time it flew off to a tall loblolly pine, surveyed the situation from above, and took off for parts unknown.
Last week I mentioned seeing both pickerel frogs and spring peepers crossing the trails here at the Museum. I had also seen a few juvenile American toads. This week, it seems the toads make up the bulk of amphibian traffic. Many toads were seen crossing the path this morning as I traveled about the outdoor areas of the Museum. Again, these are fingernail sized toads and easily missed, so keep a sharp eye.