Night Excursion to Vernal Pool Clifton, VA

This time of year the sounds of peepers are everywhere. Tonight I visited a vernal pool next to the southern side of the rail road trax located at the western edge of town. The pool was teaming with spring peepers and the sound of their calls deafening.  Their small size made them very difficult to spot but with patience and persistance I was eventually rewarded with a single sighting of an indivicual tucked away under some “swamp grass”   

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Above small frog captured, and released unharmed, from vernal pool where spring peepers were calling.

On my way home down Chapel street I could hear the sound of toads calling from a nearby drainage ditch. The ditch is part of a sewr line separating one of the properties in town and the fire station. Tonight there was water slowly flowing through although normaly it’s dry.  Water was pretty foul smeling too but that didnt deter a pair of male american toads from wrestling around in the nasty water. At one point one tried to amplex with the other.

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