November began with gorgeous fall leaf colors. Later, some freezing days and
blessed rain, dampened the colors and denuded the trees. The rains continued
into December. Temperatures shifted with alternating warm and cold spells.
Heavy rains in mid December resulted in flooding in the river bottoms and raised
the water level in the farm pond about 6 inches. With the long drought we have
been experiencing, every rainfall is appreciated.
I was able to make very few attempts at wildlife observations. A few weeks of
medical problems combined with the holidays and three family birthdays
left me little time or energy to get outdoors.
On December 18th, Win found an adult Redbelly Watersnake under the
canoe at the farm pond side. This was our final local snake sighting of the year.
Green Anoles continued to bask on warm, sunny days. I heard a lone Upland
Chorus Frog calling on a warm day in late December.We are also hoping to make a couple of spring herping trips in
With continued rainfall, we are looking forward to finding some local salamanders this
January 08, 2009
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