Tree frogs

Ceridwen Lloyd
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:37:58 PDT
It has been frog-a-rama here after a decently wet winter and spring, if the chorusing of the Pobblebonks and number of ibis in our bottom paddock are anything to go by. It has been a kind season for the creatures - the Daily Duckling Count shows so far 100% survival (wood ducks) - so I am expecting to see a lot more snakes, though so far nothing. Usually a squashed red-bellied black in our road is the first sign of spring! The brown snakes wake up in October and are at their most aggressive, so I am keeping our witless terrier shaggy and un-clipped until it's too hot for her. I have been told that baby brown snakes are especially fond of slugs, hence attracted to watered nursery areas. (I flushed out a particularly pretty red-bellied black after repairing some irrigation last year, but I'm sure it's not far away) 
I can confirm that the fox's lady friend says nothing, just screams eerily and drives the dogs nuts. Being feral here they are shot as pests. 
Local male koalas are doing their booming basso growls in the old-growth gums most days - the first white settlers must have been expecting massive lion-bear monsters.
Too long a post, so nothing about birds except "lots".

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> On 2 Nov 2013, at 6:29 am, Jyl Tuck <> wrote:
> Dear Joyce,   We too had so many tree frogs this year.  They were every
> where and every size and colour that it made me curious and I took many
> photos of them and researched them.   It turns out that the colour
> variations are them responding to changes in tempeture and humidity.  They
> went from the normal lime green to brown and some with shimmering flex of
> gold ( they looked like jewels).
> I also have learned that you can tell the health of an area by its
> bio-diversity and the frog is a key species.  We know that frogs are
> vanishing every where ------- they are the first to disappear.  So we feel
> very proud that we now see 2 species here when we saw none the first years.
> We have cleared property (because it had been left to over grow by aging
> owners), but we have immediately growen a more diverse tree and plant group
> in its place.
> I'm sorry to say our biggest threat pest is that they are looking at
> logging the land around us. We have no way to fight this. We have tried.
> Seems after all our hard work, I can co-exist with all manner of sharp
> clawed furry animal or slithering or burrowing creature, but man is the
> hardest to reason with.
>  This is why I love nature, we need each other.    Jyl Tuck
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