SC Reptiles and Amphibians


March 2011

Gene's Notes:

During March we had a heavy hail event. It had been couple decades since I remember experiencing a significant hail event. An afternoon storm brought hail, not especially large hail, but a heavy downpour. After the storm passed, my wife and I emerged from our "safe" room to find the air heavily scented with evergreen. The hail had broken green pine needles from the forests. As the clouds cleared away, heavy fog wafted from the forest into the roads and fields. Some nearby areas were hit even harder than us. Win and his fellow volunteer firemen were busy until midnight helping with auto accidents and downed trees and power lines.

Hail on ground in yard

Fog wafting from forest

Local road morning following storm

Accumulated hail morning following storm

A mid month night visit to the Spring Pond Observation Platform showed that frog were indeed enjoying the small ponds (see below).

Spring Peeper

American Toad

Upland Chorus Frog

Southern Leopard Frog

Juvenile Bullfrog

Wild Turkeys began strutting in March (see below). I found a pair of Brown-headed Nuthatches digging a hole in a dead pine tree (see below, left). I visited some locations on Lake Greenwood during the month hoping to get images of a Bald Eagle. I did get a few fuzzy images. I was able to get some good shots of a cute Pied-billed Grebe (see below, right).

Wild flowers began blooming, such as the Bloodroot (see bottom).

I saw my first live, local snake during March. It was an adult Eastern Rat Snake.

Tom Turkey

Brown-headed Nuthatches

Pied-billed Grebe


April 21, 2011
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