Category Archives: Froggin Logs

Froggin 5/11/17

On Thursday I went out froggin at a few different locations and found some frogs and other things. I used my phone so the pics aren’t as good.

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Chunky female Green frog I caught.

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Some caterpillar I found

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Another Green frog

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And another Green frog!

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Froggin on 5/5/17

I had off of work again today so I went froggin in my local creek. It was in the 50s so it wasn’t that cold out. I didn’t bring my camera because it was going to be a quick trip but I still had my phone.

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I found this plant. It looks like a trout lily but isn’t yellow.

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Some yellow flower that I’m not sure what it is. There’s too many kinds of plants.

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This is all the trash I took out of the creek today. Still a lot more down there.

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First frog the year caught!

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Second frog of the year!!!

 

 

 

Froggin at Schlitz Audubon

Today I had off of work so I went to visit Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee. I had never been there before so I wanted to check it out.

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Walking up to the main building, they had a cute Red tail hawk. I snapped a few pictures of it and went inside to pay.

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I also found a Robin (Turdus migratorius) nest by the Red tail hawk and saw the mom on the nest but it flew away before i got a pic but you can see the babies’ cute head.

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i spotted this trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) on the trails. Easy plant to remember the name of them tri – three leaves.

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This is a male Red Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) that i saw near a nest. I don’t know if there was eggs in the nest or even the nest was the red winged black birds but Red Winged Blackbirds are very protective of their nests and will attack people. Luckily, I did not get attacked today.

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Here’s a Downy Wood Pecker (Picoides pubescens) that I saw.

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Some Canadian Geese (Branta canadensis) that I thought would never move away from me.

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Some species of Garter Snake (Thamnophis sp.) that I was able to catch.

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Some Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) in one of the ponds.

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First frog I’ve seen alive in 2017! Either a Green Frog or an American Bull Frog. I’m leaning towards American Bullfrog because I don’t think I see a dorsal ridge. I didn’t catch it because it was far away and I didn’t want to go of the trails.

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This is a Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) I believe. Beautiful flower when it opens.

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Here’s a tower that you can climb. I climbed it even though I hate heights.

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Here’s the view of Lake Michigan from it.

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I believe this is Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

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Another flower that I’m not 100% on but I think its  Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

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Eventually I got down to the lake shore and it was marvelous.

Check out Schlitz Audubon Nature Center if you are ever in Milwaukee.

 

 

 

Froggin on 4/28/17

I went out froggin again on 4/28/17 since I only worked a half day. It was a chilly 43 degrees out and cloudy so I wasn’t optimistic about finding any frogs and I was right since I didn’t see or hear any frogs. Here are some pictures I took though so enjoy.

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The syberian squill seemed to have been effected by the cold weather we have been having. This patch had all closed their petals up.

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bunch of different colored violets i believe

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This is Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) another invasive weed. 

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Here are my duck friends, I couldn’t pick which picture i liked the most so I’m giving you all of them.

Froggin on 4/20/17

I went out froggin yesterday in the creek by my house at around 4 pm in the afternoon. It was around 50 degrees, windy and cloudy.

The first spot I went to showed no frogs sadly but I did find some other wildlife.

I spotted my duck friends. They were huddled down to try to stay out of the wind as best they could. I also spotted some siberian squill which are an invasive species. They also aren’t even from siberia.

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Gray Squirrel I spotted on my way to the next spot.

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The dead raccoon washed away from the heavy rain. Maybe I’ll see you again lil buddy. This is also by another spot where there has been frogs in the past and there was none.

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I think this is some kind of tulip but I’m not sure. I don’t think its native but I’ve seen a few of them in the wild so it be cool if someone told me. edit: i was told its a daffodil

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Some deer ran past me. There was five of them I believe. It was really hard to take pictures of.

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The wood violets are growing strong so far. Haven’t seen any of the white colored ones.

Once again, no frogs 😦

Froggin on 4/10/17

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I went out at 10:15 am today to go look for frogs. Its still early in Spring and the creek by my house only has Green Frogs (Lithobates clamitans), the occasional Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus), and American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) but I haven’t seen them in a long time there. It was a really warm day out, 70 degrees.

First spot that there have been green frogs in the past and there was sadly nothing. This spot usually has a few Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica), an invasive plant species but it hasn’t grown yet. I need to dig that up but it hasn’t really spread in the 2 years that I noticed it.

As I walked farther, I noticed heard the song of the black capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) and saw one sitting on a branch nearby.

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Found signs of kid’s activity in the creek.

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Another sign of human activity in the creek. The city decided to cut down and trim trees to make a mountain bike trail. Before they did this, it was just trails that the deer made from years of walking. At first when I saw that they did this, I was mad but then I started thinking about it more. 100 years ago, what was the area like? Wisconsin used to have a lot more prairie land before we turned it all to farm land. Was this area prairie or wet lands of what before humans changed it?

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The first spring flower I found, the wood flower (Viola papilionacea). It is actually the state flower of Wisconsin and is the state flower to a few other states.

One of the most identifiable bird call imo is the Cardinal. Its also one of the easiest birds to see because of the color. Males are the bright red to attract females for mating.

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Last wildlife I found was 5 White tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Once again, no frogs sadly. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time.