Can you see them ?
Here's a closer look.
The somethings were Wood Frog egg masses.
I wondered why they were high and dry as egg masses can not survive outside of water. My best guess would be that this overly long Winter and late Spring put off the frogs' schedule, and the eggs were laid late and the pond dried up before the eggs had a chance to hatch and grow.
For once I was glad that some thoughtless person had dumped their junk in the woods, as I found a small plastic pail which I filled with water from a puddle ...
and collected as many masses as I could and took them to a vernal pool in the woods. I hope that that pool will be able to sustain them for the 6-8 weeks they need to hatch and turn from Tadpoles into Frogs.
|Vernal pool in the woods|
See all the floating masses ?
We gathered them all up and re-located them to the vernal pool
We'll keep an eye on the vernal pool. Not sure WHAT I'll do if it shows signs of drying up. I'm hoping for some good Spring rains to keep it replenished.