Bullfrogs in November?

Sunday, November 5, 2017,

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Bullfrogs in November? On Long Island? It’s a world gone mad. Or warm at any rate. This has been an amazingly mild Autumn here on Long Island. There are still Monarch Butterflies fluttering about that should have been on their way to warmer climes weeks ago and just two days ago I came across a pond full of frogs. I was walking through Morton Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor when I came across these two handsome brutes and several of their friends in a small pond. To say I was surprised would be an understatement. I mean, who would expect to find frogs sunning themselves this far north this late in the season? Heck, it’s not even their season. I went to Morton to look for turkeys, not frogs. I didn’t find any of the turkeys so I guess I’m happy to have seen the frogs. Happy, but a little confused. JK

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Yuri: Now and Then

Thursday, August 11, 2016,

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Meet Yuri. Handsome brute, no? Or lass, nobody really knows and it doesn’t matter. Yuri is the Bullfrog that has taken up residence at a local artist’s backyard pond. Now, admittedly, a Bullfrog claiming a pond is not front page news but Yuri is the first frog of any species to make a home in this pond in the seventeen years since it was built. The pond has finally been discovered. The top pic is a shot of Yuri at the end of July. This next shot was taken two months earlier, when he was still just a pup. It’s hard to see from these two pics but July Yuri could have swallowed May Yuri whole. My, they do grow quickly. JK

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Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy

Wednesday, August 10, 2016,

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This could be the frog that ate The Who. This is not the biggest frog (by far) that I’ve ever seen but it might be one of the fattest. I found this beast sunning itself on a tree limb that had fallen across a small stream in Caleb Smith Preserve in Smithtown. These pics were taken back in mid-May so who knows what this critter has been up to since then. And, yes, I am behind in my posts. More to come. JK

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One-Eyed Frog

Saturday, April 23, 2016,

20160421105245-5x7wmThis is not your typical Bull Frog. No, it is not winking at us. I really don’t know what’s going on here but I suppose it may be a mutation of sorts. I don’t see any scarring or any other signs of trauma. That ridge you see is not an eyebrow; it’s a part of the ear drum, which doesn’t look quite right to me. And that nostril looks a bit off kilter as well. Very Owen Wilson. I don’t think he got that from boxing or football. Maybe he’s a pirate who neglected to wear his patch. What do you guys think? 

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First Frog of the Season

Tuesday, March 22, 2016,

20160312102246 (2)-5x7wHere’s two pics of a Green Frog I saw at Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook. I got these shots at the Frog Pond during the Four Harbors Audubon walk on March 12th. We’re not just about birds on these walks. Amphibians are always a welcome sight as well, especially this early in the season. This guy was the only frog I saw that day but now that Spring has arrived I’m sure he’s already got plenty of company.

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