Spring is moving so fast I don't even have time to edit the photos from one day before something new and awesome happens on the next. I may do a bunch of posts that are long on photos and short on text. As if that were a bad thing!
The Wood Frog eggs we saw on April 16 in the Frenchman's Hill fire pond have hatched into tiny tadpoles about 1/4" to 1/2" long. They must have hatched at least a few days ago because they were swimming all over the place. The eggs turned greenish a couple of weeks ago (which is normal) and algae has started to grow in the pond: see how much murk is in the water now?
The eggs we saw along the Hemlock Road on April 17 have also hatched:
This brood is younger than the Frenchman's Hill crowd: they are still clustered tightly around their egg sacs.
And just to keep things interesting, a new crop of egg masses appeared sometime in the last week:
They are big blobs of jelly and you have to look hard to see the eggs inside. I think these might be salamanders!