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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