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I have several pictures of a cute little Gray Tree Frog (or Treefrog) – or at least that’s what got me started this evening. I can’t find the image. The frog is a woodland species that is found throughout the eastern United States from central Maine down to northern Florida and then west into the central states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. This particular individual would climb up under the cover to the barbecue grill and spend the day in the warmth and darkness that it provided. I would look for it as I opened the grill each evening. And, there it was crouched, compactly on the edge of the grill tray waiting for evening when it could descend to the deck and partake of the insects that would be attracted to the house lights.
Well, I can’t find the darn Treefrog pictures – maybe next time. But, I grabbed a few images from the past week and will post them with captions (and with very little thematic sense) and maybe they will let you have some idea of what is happening here as summer begins to wane and the animals begin to get set for the fall and its ultimate change to winter. It is time to fatten up and get ready to migrate or hibernate; as a matter of fact that is visible in both plants and animals right now in what most humans see as the middle of summer.
The lead image is a small sandpiper called Least Sandpiper. It is shown in a rather nice brown plumage; its breeding attire. These birds will migrate south until they are in the Antilles or even northern South America. A chubby Least sandpiper still won’t weigh one ounce and often they are only much lighter. They nest in the northern regions and migrate throughout the country. They are the most common “peep” (small sandpiper) in the central part of the US and are expected on wet grasslands as well as river, lake, and pond shorelines.
When I find the Gray Treefrog images – I’ll get them posted right away ….