Hello all, and happy new week to you!
It was COLD and blustery here this weekend, which was fine because it gave us a chance to come indoors for a while! There was baking, reading, and a good long stretch of poring over field guides in effort to identify all the creek critters that we’ve found on our recent romps.
We’re working on a field guide to “our creek” and thought that you might like a little show and tell.
Who knew there was so much life in such a little smidge of a creek?
Many of these were identified using the Golden Guide to Pond Life.
The water pennies were a bit of a mystery, until we found them here.
The tracks we’re familiar with, but if you’d like a great source for track ID, check out Animal Tracks & Signs.
The Northern Cricket Frog was identified by sound through a Texas Parks and Wildlife database. This was a monumental event for us, identifying our first frog by it’s song (which, incidentally, sounds a lot like shaking a bag of marbles would sound). We’ve been studying frog calls long and hard in order to help with the Texas Amphibian Watch program.
You know how when you learn a new word you begin to hear it everywhere? Learning frog calls is like that. After many MANY playings of our official frog and toad CD, those night noises have begun to have names and faces. Pretty cool stuff.
The hawk was identified through our new Peterson Guide to the Birds of North America. This book was recommended by our dear blog friend and fellow nature nut, Dawn. It’s wonderful because it shows juvenile and female forms of many of the birds, something lacking in most other guides.
Now get out there and get your feet wet!