While the reptiles have all hid from the cold already, many amphibians are still out and about. I didn't expect to see much but as soon as I started flipping rocks I found a small Blue-Spotted Salamander in one of my snake spots. I kept flipping hoping to find a snake of some sort lethargic from the cold but instead found a possible Unisexual Mole Salamander. The individual didn't have many blue spots and had a snout more pointed then other Blue-Spotted Salamanders leading me to believe it is a Unisexual Mole Salamander despite my lack of DNA tests. I also managed to find a few mushrooms while going off the path and stumbled upon a Ruffed Grouse. I didn't see the Ruffed Grouse at first until it flew out from behind some bushes, it flew through the trees just out of view. I fallowed hoping to get a photo but as I was trying to push through the thicket I heard it fly from the branch above me and disappear once again into the woods. I gave up trying to follow it but did find a pile of wood chips by an old dead tree. I looked up hoping to find a Porcupine but to my surprise there was a Pileated Woodpecker instead, a species that has evaded my camera for years.
Kenny got a tip off of where there are apparently Cranes in the hundreds, so we headed out to the spot just west of Lindsay. We didn't find hundreds but well over 50 individuals including juveniles without the red on their head. We initially saw them flying from the car so we stopped and sure enough there were a couple in the field, some of which were dancing which was quite a sight to see. We drove around a bit more and found more in farmer's fields. The cranes stop here to feed on the corn leftover from when the farmers cut down what remained of their crop. The cranes eat to sustain themselves on the long migration down south. This was a great find as I had only ever seen them flying over briefly and haven't been able to get a decent photo until today.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.