Yellow spotted salamander crossing the road.
Yellow Spotted Salamanders
Yellow spotted Salamanders spawning in a vernal pool in Westfield, MA. They come here at night during the first spring rains then we don’t see them again till next spring.
The herring was running out on Cape Cod at the Stony Brook Grist Mill
It was a beautiful day- he we are above the stream. We saw 2 volunteers counting herring coming into this pond and measuring the water temperature.
The Stream was lined with seagulls waiting for an easy snack.
The salamanders were out tonight. Very exciting! Here is a yellow spotted salamander crossing Honey Pot Road.
They come to the surface to breath every so often. They swarm in clumps.
I believe these are the eggs, although these could be frogs I am not 100%
The pool was a cacophony with these guys:
With todays rain I am on watch to see if it is going to happen. There is a bit of snow left so I am not sure if it will happen tonight. There are generally 3 types of salamanders that travel down Drake mountain. The first time we found a fire newt I told the kids it was a baby dragon – I mean come on Drake mountain…
Now if you do come out – please walk down the road if possible. Drive slow and keep a lookout. The hot spot is here:
For more info on the salamanders: http://www.massaudubon.org/printwildlife.php?id=58
I want to look into making a salamander bridge and creating awareness of these wonderful creatures here in Westfield.
We just got back from Mike’s and he was making homemade maple syrup.
He tapped only a few of his maples. He was amazed how much sap came out of his trees.
It takes 40 gallons of sap makes 1 gallon of syrup. It was a blast to make and man was it delicious!
This weekend I made a tikimon water fountain.
I want to get some turkey- tail mushroom plugs and inoculate them so they grow mushrooms out of them as well. I am thinking that the waterfall is a perfect place to do this as it will be constantly watered.